Isamu Noguchi (b. 1904, Los Angeles; d. 1988, New York) was one of the twentieth century’s most important and critically acclaimed sculptors. Through a lifetime of artistic experimentation, he created sculpture, furniture and lighting designs, drawings, ceramics, architecture, landscape and set designs. Noguchi also believed strongly in art and design’s social role, and he thus dedicated much of his life to creating public works such as parks, plazas, and fountains throughout the world. Noguchi’s first retrospective in the United States was in 1968, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, in New York City. In 1986, he represented the United States at the Venice Biennale. The artist’s work can be found in numerous New York institutions, including The Brooklyn Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Noguchi Museum; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Whitney Museum of American Art.