Beyond the Pedestal: Isamu Noguchi and the Borders of Sculpture

  • 05 Oct 2018
  • 06 Jan 2019
  • Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland, Maine 04101


Beyond the Pedestal: Isamu Noguchi and the Borders of Sculpture

On exhibit until Sunday, January 6, 2019

Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square,
Portland, ME 04101

A rare retrospective of Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988), the Japanese-American artist who became a central figure in the development of 20th-century American modernism.


This exhibition of approximately 40 sculptures and 10 works on paper examines the ways Noguchi reimagined the possibilities of sculpture over the course of his 60-year career, bringing together varied aspects of Noguchi's expansive production—which included traditional sculpture, landscape architecture, memorials, stage sets, interior designs, furniture, and more—and highlighting the artist’s belief that the sculptor’s role was "to order and animate space." Noguchi was as comfortable creating monuments and gardens as he was collaborating to produce industrial design and stage sets. Juxtaposed across the exhibition, his works complicate notions of form and function and use the mix of materials, shapes, and techniques to encourage audiences to reimagine their sense of what sculpture can be.

To learn more, please visit the Portland Museum of Art webpage.

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