Isamu Noguchi: Essays and Conversations

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In addition to sections on the themes of sculpture, garden and landscape design, and theater and dance, this book also includes Noguchi's writings on Japan, his relationship with Japanese culture, and comments on his mentors and collaborators, among them Brancusi, Martha Graham, Buckminster Fuller, and Louis Kahn.
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Overview

In addition to sections on the themes of sculpture, garden and landscape design, and theater and dance, this book also includes Noguchi's writings on Japan, his relationship with Japanese culture, and comments on his mentors and collaborators, among them Brancusi, Martha Graham, Buckminster Fuller, and Louis Kahn.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) sought a socially constructive role for sculpture as well as gardens, parks, plazas and other public spaces embodying spiritual and community values. These short, pithy essays, manifestos and occasional pieces, plus two interviews, convey Noguchi's philosophic vision. Born in Los Angeles to an American mother and a Japanese poet father, Noguchi lived in Japan, Europe and the United States; he traveled widely from Spain to Indonesia, absorbing such influences as primitive art, Zen gardens, and abstraction of his mentor, Constantin Brancusi, and the utopianism of his friend R. Buckminster Fuller. His exploration of the connections among theater, dance and sculpture, his collaboration with Martha Graham and his search for a Japanese identity are recorded in these vigorous writings, evocatively illustrated with 100 photographs of the artist and his works. Apostolos-Cappadona is a professor of art and religion at Georgetown University; Altshuler is the director of the Isamu Noguchi Museum in New York City. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810936676
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1994
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 7.83 (w) x 10.37 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments 7
Isamu Noguchi: A Recollection 9
On Sculpture 10
Guggenheim Proposal (1927) 16
What's the Matter with Sculpture? (1936) 18
Isamu Noguchi on George Gershwin (1938) 22
Fourteen Americans: Isamu Noguchi (1946) 24
Towards a Reintegration of the Arts (1949) 26
Meanings in Modern Sculpture (1949) 32
Excerpts from Essay for Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura (1952) 37
Excerpts from "The 'Arts' Called 'Primitive'" (1957) 40
The Complete Artist (c. 1960) 44
The Sculptor and the Architect (1968) 50
On Gardens and Landscapes 56
Garden of Peace: UNESCO Gardens in Paris (1959) 60
New Stone Gardens (1964) 64
A Sculpture Garden in Jerusalem (1965) 68
A Garden That Is a Sculpture (1965) 70
On Theater and Dance 72
Designer's Note to The Tragedy of King Lear (1956) 76
Noguchi: Collaborating with Graham (1986) 80
On Japan 90
Recent Work Exhibited in Japan (1950) 94
Isamu Noguchi: Projects in Japan (1952) 96
Introduction to Noguchi (1953) 99
Japanese Akari Lamps (1954) 102
Excerpts from Foreword to The Riots of Japanese Architecture (1962) 105
On Mentors and Collaborators 106
Noguchi on Brancusi (1976) 110
Buckminster Fuller: A Reminiscence of Four Decades (1972) 116
Tribute to Martha Graham (1973) 120
Rosanjin, Potter and Cook (1954) 124
On Louis Kahn (1975) 126
Conversations 128
An Interview with Isamu Noguchi by Katherine Kuh (1962) 130
Artists in Their Own Words: Isamu Noguchi by Paul Cummings (1979) 136
Chronology of the Life of Isamu Noguchi 155
Select Bibliography 163
Credits 169
Index 172
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