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Isamu Noguchi
Japan, Contemporary

The “Akari E” sculptural ceiling light is part of the Akari series designed by Isamu Noguchi from 1951. Akari refers to light, clarity and lightness in Japanese.

Handcrafted from traditional shoji paper by Japanese artisans.

Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988) was widely known for his lighting designs, furnitures, ceramics, architecture and set designs. Greatly inspired by traditional Japanese art, as well as by the biomorphic style of some Surrealist art, Noguchi became internationally known both for his artwork and his publicly accessible furniture and architecture – like the Akari light sculptures –, creating abstract works based on both organic and geometric forms.

Noguchi did not belong to any particular movement, but collaborated with artists working in a range of disciplines and schools. He created stage sets as early as 1935 for Martha Graham, beginning a lifelong collaboration, as well as for choreographers like Merce Cunningham, Erick Hawkins, and George Balanchine and composer John Cage.

In 1982 Noguchi received the Edward MacDowell Medal for Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to the Arts and in 1986 he represented the United States at the Venice Biennale. The Noguchi Museum opened in 1985 in New York.

H 295 x Ø 48 cm

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