Born in 1904 in Los Angeles, California to an American mother and a Japanese father, Isamu Noguchi was one of the twentieth century's most noteworthy and critically acclaimed sculptors. Isamu Noguchi's life was an artistic experimentation, he created sculptures, gardens, furniture, lighting designs, ceramics, architecture and set designs. Noguchi's work, once subtle and bold yet traditional and modern, set a whole new pace for the reintegration of the arts.
Noguchi traveled extensively throughout his life. With large scale public works in Mexico, earthy ceramics and tranquil gardens in Japan, subtle ink brush techniques in China, and the purity of marble in Italy. Noguchi incorporated and utilized an expansive range of materials, including stainless steel, marble, cast iron, balsa wood, bronze, sheet aluminum, basalt, granite, and water into his work.
In 1985 Noguchi opened The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum (now known as The Noguchi Museum), in Long Island City, New York. The Museum, established and designed by Noguchi, marked the culmination of Noguchi's commitment to public spaces. Noguchi received the Edward MacDowell Medal for Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to the Arts in 1982; the Kyoto Prize in Arts in 1986; the National Medal of Arts in 1987; and the Order of Sacred Treasure from the Japanese government in 1988. Soon after that he passed away in New York City.
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