Isamu Noguchi with Undine (1925) - Isamu Noguchi’s seminal full-figure sculpture Undine (Nadja) is on view for the first time since 1927 in The Full Figure and Portraiture, 1926–1941, a special exhibition at The Noguchi Museum. The 1926 work, the only full-figure sculpture by the artist known to still exist, reveals the young Noguchi’s mastery of traditional form
Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988) was one of the twentieth century’s most important and critically acclaimed sculptors. Through a lifetime of artistic experimentation, he created sculptures, gardens, furniture and lighting designs, ceramics, architecture, and set designs. His work, at once subtle and bold, traditional and modern, set a new standard for the reintegration of the arts.
Isamu Noguchi - Kouros, 1945. Metropolitan Museum, N.Y. "Kouros" illustrates the biomorphic vocabulary that Noguchi devised in order to abstract the human figure into fragmented, bonelike elements.Noguchi always contended that the organic quality of his work came not from Surrealist examples but from his familiarity with traditional Japanese arts and crafts—bells, samurai swords, and floral arrangements. (Met)