Isamu Noguchi in 1959.PHOTO BY SHUJI OHTAKE/©THE ISAMU NOGUCHI FOUNDATION AND GARDEN MUSEUM, NEW YORK/ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS)
Isamu Noguchi was a storied sculptor and, over the course of an eclectic career from the 1920s until his death in 1988, so much more. His ethereal workings of chopped and finessed stone were accompanied by monumental treatments of many other sculptural materials. Then he worked as a sharp-eyed designer of iconic furniture as well as unassuming industrial products and fantastical playgrounds that any child would be lucky to indulge. And, thinking ahead, he also shored up his legacy by creating museums for his own work in New York and Japan that count as destinations for many an art world jet-setter (and connoisseurs closer to home).
On the occasion of the artist’s birthdate on November 17, 1904, here’s a look at some highlights from Noguchi’s distinguished time on Earth.