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Isamu Noguchi

 (1904 - 1988)
Isamu Noguchi was active/lived in New York, California / Japan.  Isamu Noguchi is known for abstract sculpture, mod mediums.

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Isamu Noguchi, born in Los Angeles to a Japanese father and American mother, created work that philosophically and materially bridged the Japanese and American cultures and also broadened the notion of American sculpture.  With his large abstract pieces he combined mediums such as stone, wood, and marble, included the use of water and light, and had opposing textures of rough and smooth.  He also introduced themes of tension and gravity and through this and positioning, explored relationships between objects. "Noguchi shows how well he has absorbed the Japanese manner of placing objects so that they seem to emerge inevitably from the ground rather than to be located arbitrarily in space." (Baigell, 255)

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