Beyond the Pedestal

Upcoming
October 5, 2018 to January 6, 2019

Beyond the Pedestal


Isamu Noguchi and the Borders of Sculpture

Beyond the Pedestal: Isamu Noguchi and the Borders of Sculpture investigates Noguchi’s expansive artistic practice by exploring his efforts to enlarge and challenge conventional notions of sculptural boundaries. Born in 1904, the Japanese-American modernist experimented endlessly with the intersection of objects, people, and space over the course of his 60-year career. Melding ideas and approaches to art from across the globe, Noguchi created traditional sculpture, landscape architecture, play structures, monuments, stage sets, interior designs, furniture, and more. This exhibition brings aspects of his varied production together, complicating notions of form and function and using the juxtaposition of materials, shapes, and techniques to encourage audiences to reimagine their sense of what sculpture can be. 

Image (above): Isamu Noguchi (United States, 1904–1988), Table, 1971, marble, 2 x 52 x 17 1/4 inches. The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, CR#717. © The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York / ARS

Image (below): Isamu Noguchi (United States, 1904–1988), Black and Blue (Interior Landscape), 1958 - 59 (fabricated 1979 - 80), aluminum, electrostatic paint, and polyurathane paint, 94 x 30 x 31 inches (left); 13 x 47 x 29 inches (right), The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, CR#485B-ac1. © The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York / ARS

 

Beyond the Pedestal: Isamu Noguchi and the Borders of Sculpture has been co-organized by the Portland Museum of Art, Maine and The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum.

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