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Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

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Artist: Isamu Noguchi (American, 1904 - 1989)
Date: 1945
Medium: Bronze
Dimensions:
Overall: 60 x 21 3/8 x 13 1/2 in. (152.4 x 54.3 x 34.3 cm.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Bequest of Myron and Jacqueline Blank, 2006.31
Accession number: 2006.31
Classification: sculpture
Copyright:ARS
In Collection(s)
Label TextNoguchi’s unique artistic identity combined his interest in both Asian and European traditions. He found that the aesthetics of Japanese art, with its simplified forms, proclivity towards abstraction, and pure use of materials, reconciled well with Modernism, which shares several similar values. Working with a Japanese carpenter, Noguchi learned techniques with hand tools and natural materials that would be reinforced during his time as Constantin Brancusi’s studio assistant in Paris. Noguchi’s sculpture is often described as “biomorphic”, meaning that while abstract, the shapes are derived from those found in nature.
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