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Isamu Noguchi – The Earth, This Passage

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Isamu Noguchi Black Slide Mantra c. 1966:1989

An exhibition reflecting Noguchi’s engagement with material, performance and place.

White Cube Mason’s Yard is pleased to present ‘Isamu Noguchi: The Earth, This Passage’, spanning a selection of artworks from the 1920s to 1980s. The exhibition takes its title from a 1962 sculpture: a bronze ring cast from clay impressed by Noguchi’s body as he walked over the yielding surface. Preserving physical imprints in its form, the work invokes a central tenet of Noguchi's practice: to expand human consciousness through observable experience and, in turn, enhance one's sense of belonging.

Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988) one of the most significant artists of the 20th century, an idealist whose timeless work blended ancient and modern ideas. Over a period of three decades, Noguchi created more than twenty stage sets for the choreographer Martha Graham (1894 – 1991), making explicit the figurative and performative facets of his work.

Noguchi consistently pushed the boundaries of sculpture and art: exploring spatial, material, and non-material possibilities. informed by his travels and belief that art is a ‘constant process of becoming’ He worked with a remarkably diverse range of materials, reflecting both the traditions of sculpture and modern industry. But he would eventually become most closely associated with stone, which he described as ‘the basic element of sculpture’, considering it ‘the unassailable absolute.’

Isamu Noguchi: "The Earth, This Passage" -  26 May – 1 July 2023

Further Information:  White Cube - Gallery Exhibitions