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  Isamu Noguchi, Grey Sun, 1967

Isamu Noguchi, Archaic/Modern

11 November 2016 - 19 March 2017
Smithsonian American Art Museum | Washington, DC, USA

Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988) was among the most innovative American sculptors of the 20th century, striving for timelessness through the abstraction of things, places and ideas.

With 74 works, nearly all on loan from The Noguchi Museum in New York, this exhibition provides a fresh interpretation of this modern master, exploring how the ancient world shaped Noguchi’s vision for the future.

Even as he created works that were far ahead of his time—his design for Sculpture to Be Seen from Mars (1947) anticipates the space age by several decades—Noguchi frequently found inspiration in ancient art and architecture, from Egyptian pyramids and Buddhist temples to Zen gardens and American Indian burial mounds.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is the sole venue for this exhibition, which is expanded from an earlier installation at The Noguchi Museum.

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Isamu Noguchi, Grey Sun, 1967. Smithsonian American Art Museum. Gift of the artist. Photo by Gene Young. © The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York.

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