Isamu Noguchi, born in 1904 in Los Angeles to the Japanese poet Yone Noguchi and the American writer Leonie Gilmour, studied at Columbia University and the Leonardo da Vinci Art School.
 
He subsequently established his first independent studio and received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1927. Noguchi became an assistant to Constantin Brancusi in Paris and presented his first solo exhibition in New York. After studying brush drawing in China, he travelled to Japan to work with clay under the master potter Jinmatsu Uno.
 
His experiences living and working in different cultural circles are reflected in Isamu Noguchi's work as an artist. He is considered a universal talent with a creative oeuvre that went beyond sculpture to encompass stage sets, furniture, lighting, interiors as well as outdoor plazas and gardens. His sculptural style is indebted to a vocabulary of organic forms and exerted a sustained influence on the design of the 1950s.
 
'My Father, Yone Noguchi is Japanese and has long been known as an interpreter of the East and West, through poetry. I wish to do the same thing through sculpture', he wrote in his proposal for a Guggenheim Fellowship.
 
Isamu Noguchi died in New York in 1988.
Isamu Noguchi
The Akari E pendant impresses by its size of almost 3 meters high. Its lampshade with soft geometric shapes, made of white washi paper, nevertheless gives it an airy, light and delicate appearance. Washi is a high quality and resistant paper, handcrafted in Japan since the 7th century with the inner bark of the paper mulberry. The Akari E pendant, designed by Isamu Noguchi in 1951, is part of the large eponymous collection reminiscent of traditional Japanese lanterns.
 
Materials washi paper, bamboo
Dimensions W49 x H275cm

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Akari E pendant

 

design Isamu Noguchi, 1951

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