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 believed strongly in art and design’s social role and dedicated much of his life to creating public works such as parks, plazas, and fountains throughout the world.
In 1985, Noguchi opened the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, now known as the Noguchi Museum, in Long Island City, New York, a public space designed by the artist to exhibit, document, and preserve his oeuvre. His work is held in numerous public collections worldwide, including The Art Institute of Chicago; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura, Japan; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The National Museum of Art, Osaka; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others.