White Cube Announces Exclusive Global Performance By Japanese-American Artist Isamu Noguchi
White Cube continues to expand its historic mission of art, today announcing its exclusive worldwide representation of 20th-century Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi. He was previously represented by Pace.
The British gallery will work in close collaboration with the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and the Garden Museum in New York.
Jay Jopling, founder and CEO of White Cube, said in a statement: “Isamu Noguchi’s extraordinary work places him among the masters of modern sculpture. His ideas continue to have a profound influence on artists today, including many on the White Cube roster – Cerith Wyn Evans, Theaster Gates, Antony Gormley, Gabriel Orozco, Doris Salcedo, and Danh Vo – to name a few. name a few.
White Cube kicks off its performance with a presentation of Noguchi’s sculpture and design at Art Basel in Hong Kong (May 21-23), followed by a two-person exhibition with Gormley in the gallery’s new project space in Aspen, Colorado (August 3-28)). Noguchi’s first solo show with White Cube takes place in February 2022 in Bermondsey, London.
Born in Los Angeles in 1904, Noguchi has always defied categorization, starting his career as a sculptor but also creating furniture, lighting designs, ceramics, architecture, landscapes and sets. In the mid-1920s he worked in Paris as Constantin Brancusi’s first and only assistant, while his Akari light sculptures, made in Gifu in Japan from washi paper, bamboo, steel and iron became classics of modern design.
The question of identity was fluid for Noguchi, who has spent much of his life traveling back and forth between the United States and Japan. In 1942, Noguchi voluntarily entered Poston’s internment camp in Arizona in 1942 in solidarity with his fellow Japanese-Americans considered “enemy aliens.”
“With my dual nationality and dual education, where was my home? Where were my affections? Where my identity? Japan or America, both, or the world? Noguchi asked in his 1968 autobiography.
In 1985, Noguchi opened the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, now known as the Noguchi Museum, in Long Island City, New York. It was the first time that a living artist had created and designed his own museum to show his own work in the United States.