Isamu NOGUCHI book

The new book on the work of Isamu Noguchi, released in October 2021 on the occasion of the retrospective exhibition at the Barbican Art gallery in London.

Encompassing Noguchi's entire body of work in sculpture, ceramics, photography, architecture and design, as well as his gardens and stage designs for modern dance and theatre, this book explores Noguchi's creative process and lesser-known aspects of his practice, his engagement with a wide range of cultures, and his innovative achievements over six decades.

The themes of harmony and dissonance, which were central to his practice, are explored in a series of essays that examine the artist's dual heritage, the Japanese-American experience, his world travels and his many influences.

The book also pays tribute to Noguchi's fruitful collaborations with designers from diverse fields, such as R. Buckminster Fuller, Martha Graham and Louis Kahn. Throughout the monograph, Noguchi's own words provide an essential backdrop for understanding an artist who embraced many schools of thought and whose entire life and career exemplified partnership and cooperation across artistic, political and cultural boundaries.

  • Size: 23cm  x 27cm
  • Publisher:  Prestel
  • Language: English
  • Total pages: 280
  • Images: 280

Destined to become the reference work on Noguchi's multidisciplinary career, this book accompanies the first major European touring exhibition on the Japanese-American artist in twenty years

Packed with images and contributions from many international authors, this book helps readers to grasp the diversity of Noguchi's work, both in situ and in the galleries. Archival photographs from the artist's various studios provide insight into his experimental work, particularly in relation to sculpture.


  • Florence Ostende, curator at the Barbican Art Gallery, London
  • Rita Kersting, Deputy Director of Museum Ludwig, Cologne
  • Fabienne Eggelhöfer, Chief Curator, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern


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