Isamu Noguchi and Modern Japanese Ceramics

February 7 through May 30, 2004

Although best known for his abstract stone sculpture, public plazas, and furniture design, Japanese American artist Isamu Noguchi returned to the ancestral country of his father and during three brief, but intense periods, explored his Japanese American identity through clay while influencing a bold new direction for Japanese ceramics. His radical and original body of ceramic sculpture inspired some of Japan's most prominent postwar ceramic artists.

Isamu Noguchi and Modern Japanese Ceramics highlights 36 examples of Noguchi's ceramic art and 38 pieces by 9 Japanese artists including Kitaoji Rosanjin, Kawai Kanjiro, and Yagi Kazuo who worked in both traditional and avant-garde styles.

Organized by the Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Japanese American National Museum is the only West Coast venue for this nationally touring exhibition.

The exhibition was made possible by grants from the Feinberg Foundation, Sachiko Kuno, Ryuji Ueno and the S&R Foundation, Masako and James Shinn, H. Christopher Luce, and other generous donors. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Transportation assistance is provided through the generosity of All Nippon Airways. The exhibition is endorsed by the Japan Foundation. Organizational assistance is provided by The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto.

For more information about this exhibition, please visit the exhibition site at http://www.janm.org/exhibits/noguchi/.

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