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"Noguchi and Iconic Designers"
2008-07-18 until 2009-02-22
Yorkshire Sculpture Park / Garden Gallery
Wakefield, , UK United Kingdom

One of the great artists of the 20th century, Isamu Noguchi often blurred the boundaries between art and design, creating a broad range of products for everyday living, including tables, chairs, sofas, lamps, and tableware, and with Charles Eames, Paul Laszio and George Nelson, produced a catalogue of modern furniture widely considered to be the most influential of its time. As part of the first major European exhibition of work by Isamu Noguchi, Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents Noguchi and Iconic Designers; a focus on Noguchiís innovative furniture and design alongside a select display of work by other iconic designers. All work is manufactured by Vitra and available to purchase. The Noguchi exhibition at YSP will be introduced by a dramatic wave of Akari light sculptures in the Visitor Centreís long concourse. Noguchi created more than 100 Akari models, many of which are still in production half a century later. The YSP display will feature lights of various forms and sizes, including a globe six feet in diameter.

But then why did it have to be fine art? Why not objects of use and popularity? By use I meant enjoyment Ė things for everybodyís enjoyment. I thought that a really new creation (invention) could rise above the demeaning categories of applied art and the like. Originality might survive mass production. Isamu Noguchi.

Noguchi and Iconic Designers will cover the history of the artistís work from early design classics such as his glass topped Coffee Table, elegantly resting on sculpted wooden supports and Cylinder Lamp designed in 1944 through to the Prismatic Table. A selection of work by other design icons, many of whom were influenced by, or collaborated with Noguchi, will include pieces by Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Frank Gehry and Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is one of the few places in the world able to provide the gallery and landscape context to fully appreciate the breadth and diversity of Noguchiís work. Noguchi and Iconic Designers is part of a larger exhibition which includes a magnificent outdoor display of Noguchiís monumental stone carvings ranging in size from 25 tonnes to small interior works, ceramics, set designs, drawings, models and works on paper.


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