Between East and West
written by Umberto Allemandi
Umberto Allemandi | ISBN 9788842218760
Hardback – 176 pages
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Catalogue of the exhibition Isamu Noguchi. Between East and West being held from June 27 to September 26, 2010 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Andros, Greece This book accompanies the first ever exhibition in Greece of work by the influential Japanese-American, Isamu Noguchi. The exhibition will feature a total of 76 works, including 42 sculptures, 34 drawings and preliminary sketches and a series of photographs documenting stage sets designed by the artist for various performances, as well as public works realized across Europe, Asia and the US. An artist of dual heritage (his mother was American and his father -a poet- was Japanese), Noguchi often found himself caught 'in between' East and West, as in the wake of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and the drop of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima that followed. Noguchi's art was pioneering in many respects - he created 'environmental art' and 'land art' almost three decades before the terms were properly introduced into the vocabulary of art in the 1960s. His architectural designs for gardens and playgrounds offer a new vision of landscape architecture, which is decidedly contemporary and informed by environmental concerns, while his stage designs for avant-garde dance performances are without parallel in the history of modern dance.
Artist: Isamu Noguchi