The Life of Isamu Noguchi -Journey Without Borders
By Masayo Duus, Translated by Peter Duus
Isamu Noguchi, born in Los Angeles as the illegitimate son of an American mother and a Japanese poet father, was one of the most prolific yet enigmatic figures in the history of twentieth-century American art. Throughout his life, Noguchi (1904-1988) grappled with the ambiguity of his identity as an artist caught up in two cultures. This prize-winning biography, first published in Japanese, traces his personal struggles--as well as his many triumphs. Published in connection with the centennial of the artist's birth, the book draws on Noguchi's letters, his reminiscences, and interviews with his friends and colleagues to cast new light on his youth, his creativity, and his relationships. Paper: 432 pp.