Noguchi East and West

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The life of the Japanese-American sculptor and designer Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) was an unending spiritual and physical voyage between the two cultures of his birthright. In this definitive biography and critical study, Dore Ashton maps Noguchi's spiritual journey both in the events of his life and in the milestones of his art: the sculptures, gardens, public spaces, and stage decors that gained force and significance from his double heritage.

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Overview


The life of the Japanese-American sculptor and designer Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) was an unending spiritual and physical voyage between the two cultures of his birthright. In this definitive biography and critical study, Dore Ashton maps Noguchi's spiritual journey both in the events of his life and in the milestones of his art: the sculptures, gardens, public spaces, and stage decors that gained force and significance from his double heritage.

An art history professor and author or editor of 30 books on art and culture maps the life of Japanese-American sculptor and designer Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) and his spiritual journey, both in the events of his life and in the milestones of his art--the sculptures, gardens, public spaces, and stage decors that gained force and significance from Noguchi's double heritage. Photographs.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sculptor Isamu Noguchi's work shows him to be a romantic pained by an acute sense of loss, suggests art historian Ashton in this biographical study. Illustrated. (June)
Library Journal
This captivating biography of world-renowned sculptor and designer Isamu Noguchi highlights his lifelong personal and artistic struggle to reconcile Western ideas with his traditional Oriental heritage. Guided by her personal insight and friendship with the artist, art critic Ashton focuses on Noguchi's travels in the United States and abroad, his diversified work as sculptor and designer of public and private gardens, theater sets and furniture, as well as his professional and social relationships with fellow artists Constantin Brancusi, Arshile Gorky, and Henry Moore; dancer Martha Graham; actor/director John Gielgud; composer John Cage; and engineer/inventor Buckminster Fuller. Recommended. Illustrations and index not seen.-- Stephen Allan Patrick, East Tennessee State Univ. Lib., Johnson City
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520083400
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1993
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 331
  • Sales rank: 509,934
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author


Dore Ashton is Professor of Art History at the Cooper Union and author or editor of 30 books on art and culture including The New York School: A Cultural Reckoning, A Critical Study of Philip Guston, and A Fable of Modern Art, available from University of California Press.
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