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Isamu Noguchi
Helix of the Endless, 1985
Aji granite and basalt
Courtesy of The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum
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Isamu Noguchi at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
September 14, 2009 - August 16, 2010
The inaugural installation in the Museum's new Sculpture Garden, Isamu Noguchi at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is an extraordinary selection of sculptures by an artist who had longstanding ties with the Museum and our late Director Anne d’Harnoncourt, and is represented in the collection by the wonderful cast-bronze biomorphic Avatar, (1948).

In the mid-1960s, Noguchi recognized his preference for stone above all other materials and by the end of the decade he established a studio on the Japanese island of Shikoku where he carved the large granite and basalt sculptures that culminated his career. Most of these late sculptures have large areas of unworked surface, presenting the stone as it emerged from the earth and embodying Noguchi’s philosophy that sculpting should follow the potential and characteristics of the material used.

Isamu Noguchi at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is the result of a collaboration with The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum in Long Island City, New York. The sculptures will remain on view through summer 2011.

Curators

Carlos Basualdo • The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Curator of Contemporary Art
Adelina Vlas • Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

Location

Sculpture Garden, west entrance

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