| Oct 22, 2012 |
NY exhibition examines Noguchi’s tools & techniques
By Staff

Hammer, Chisel, Drill: Noguchi’s Studio Practice, opened at the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City on Oct. 3 featuring more than 60 tools owned by the artist, photos and film footage of Isamu Noguchi at work, and a selection of both finished and unfinished sculptures.

“Noguchi’s sculpture represents an exquisite blend of craft and creativity,” said Jenny Dixon, director of the Noguchi Museum. “…the museum is able to explore the artist’s craft and technique in this fascinating exhibition.”

The exhibit begins by focusing on the transformative period in 1927 when Noguchi worked with the revolutionary abstract sculptor Constantin Brancusi. Among the items on display are his pieces: chemin de fer, Sail Shape and Globular, from his early abstract stages.

The next pieces of the exhibit feature Noguchi’s stone carving, architectural and landscape projects, and clay and ceramics. 

“By taking visitors behind the scenes into Noguchi’s studios, Hammer, Chisel, Drill provides a rare opportunity to appreciate the extraordinary technical prowess and perfectionism behind his artistic achievement,” said Dixon.

Through a lifetime of artistic experimentation, Noguchi created sculpture, gardens, furniture, lighting and interior designs, ceramics, architecture and set designs. As one of the most critically acclaimed sculptors of the 20th century, he managed to establish a succession of studios around the world—in the United States, Italy and Japan. His studio in Long Island City would later become the site of the Noguchi museum, housing his work.

The exhibition will remain open for viewing through April 28, 2013. For more information on the Noguchi museum and the exhibit, click here.

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