Isamu Noguchi 1904–1988

Isamu Noguchi was the son of Yone Noguchi, a Japanese poet, and Léonie Gilmour, an American writer. He was born in Los Angeles in 1904 but lived in Japan from the age of two until 1918 when he returned to the United States to attend school in Indiana. In 1922 Noguchi moved to New York to study pre-medicine at Columbia University. He also took night courses in sculpture with Onorio Ruotolo and soon after, he left Columbia in pursuit of a career in the arts.

In 1927 Noguchi received a Guggenheim Fellowship for a trip to Paris and the Far East. For six months in Paris, he worked in the studio of Constantin Brancusi and his own work became more abstract as Noguchi explored working with stone, wood and sheet metal. Noguchi returned to New York and in 1929 he met R. Buckminster Fuller and Martha Graham, colleagues and friends with whom he would later collaborate. In 1938 Noguchi was commissioned to complete a work for the Associated Press building in the Rockefeller Center in New York. Marking his first public sculpture, this work garnered attention and recognition for the artist in the United States.

Auction Results Isamu Noguchi

ISAMU NOGUCHI, Cyclone dining table |

Isamu Noguchi

Cyclone dining table

estimate: $600–800
result: $1,375
ISAMU NOGUCHI, coffee table, model IN-50 |

Isamu Noguchi

coffee table, model IN-50

estimate: $300–500
result: $1,235
ISAMU NOGUCHI, Radio Nurse |

Isamu Noguchi

Radio Nurse

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $5,000
ISAMU NOGUCHI, Short rocking stool (No. 85T) |

Isamu Noguchi

Short rocking stool (No. 85T)

estimate: $3,750–4,750
result: $4,375
ISAMU NOGUCHI, Brown clock and kitchen timer |

Isamu Noguchi

Brown clock and kitchen timer

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,188
ISAMU NOGUCHI, Freeform Sofa |

Isamu Noguchi

Freeform Sofa

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $6,250