The life of Isamu Noguchi
Isamu Noguchi is one of these artists that many people think they do not know, while in fact they have seen and admired very many of his works without realizing they were his: from the splendid and iconic coffee table and Akari lamps, to the myriad
Isamu Noguchi is one of these artists that many people think they do not know, while in fact they have seen and admired very many of his works without realizing they were his: from the splendid and iconic coffee table and Akari lamps, to the myriad designs in commercial buildings in New York, and public art in the US and elsewhere. Then of course there are his sculptures and his pottery works which I, for one, find so amazing. So this biography is a great companion, with two main flaws: the first is the most obvious one, which is that there are way too few pictures of Noguchi's works, hardly any actually, and not one of them is in colour - which is really a shame.
The other aspect I found problematic is that the whole book remains a little on the surface, it is only on Noguchi's life, in a chronological fashion, and some, but not much, on what was going on inside of him and what other influences he had, so the focus remains a bit narrow: what was happening, what was in the air, what was really going on in his mind to influence him (what did he read? what other artists, other than Rosanjin and Brancusi, did he love and learn from?). But otherwise, the book is quite informative on Noguchi's life, the tension he never managed to rid himself of of being both American and Japanese, and his constant traveling. But having said all this, it is the most I have read about him in one place so far. A complicated personality, and a wonderful artist.