Isamu Noguchi: Stones and Paper (DVD)
This video appeared in the National Museumís 2004 exhibition Isamu Noguchi and Modern Japanese Ceramics. It is a timeless retrospective on the life and career of Isamu Noguchi, whose bi-national heritage sent him back and forth between Japan and America seeking a new artistic synthesis.
He started his career in Paris as Constantin Brancusiís apprentice. He made his name in New York. And, after World War II, he brought a fresh modernist wind to Japan, putting his mark on Japanese ceramics, gardens, and paper lanterns. His late masterworks -- rough stone monoliths that echo both Brancusi and the Zen garden of Ryoanji -- marry East and West in an absolutely original way.
Color. 56 min. FOR HOME USE ONLY. For institutional use, contact Films For the Humanities at ffh.films.com.