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New Museum Exhibition - Isamu Noguchi: Inside and Out

New exhibition features two installations exploring the relationship of the artist’s paper and bamboo Akari lanterns with his steel and bronze plate sculpture

The American sculptor Isamu Noguchi is one of the essential visionaries of the twentieth century.  Working across a wide range of disciplines with a deep sense of social purpose for more than six decades, the artist developed a uniquely open-ended, inclusive, and forward-looking perspective on global culture.

Isamu Noguchi: Inside and Out, traces a recurring impulse in his work—an irresistible compulsion to make three-dimensional sculptures from two-dimensional materials.  This exhibition features two installations representing interior and exterior landscapes.  They are drawn from Noguchi's last two forays in sheet metal kirigami (cutting and folding), combined with his most successful and ubiquitous expansion of the practice of sculpture—his electrified paper and bamboo Akari lanterns.  The galvanized steel pieces in the exterior environment, made from the same material as guardrails and lampposts, were conceived as a series of editions to answer the great demand for outdoor sculpture by him with works that are, like Akari, relatively lightweight, inexpensive, playful, and unpretentious.  In the interior environment, a crowd of Akari join a related body of work in cut and folded bronze plate designed to winkingly play off of the perceived preciousness and self-seriousness of bronze sculpture.

All objects are from The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum.  Special thanks to Senior Curator Dakin Hart, Registrar and Collections Manager Larry Giacoletti, and Museum Archivist Janine Biunno for their generosity and scholarship.

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Isamu Noguchi: Inside and Out is located pre-security in the International Terminal Main Hall Departures Lobby, San Francisco International Airport.  This exhibition is on view to all Airport visitors from April 14, 2018 to January 06, 2019.  There is no charge to view the exhibition.