Isamu Noguchi - KYOBAI, Japanese Art and Culture London Wednesday, April 2, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    M. McClure, Isamu Noguchi at Gemini 1982 – 1983, Los Angeles, 1983, p. 49; I. Noguchi, The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, New York, 1987, p. 269

  • Catalogue Essay

    Noguchi designed his series of galvanised steel sculptures in 1982 for Gemini G.E.L. in Los Angeles.These works were intended to be on display indoors and outdoors and their appearance was to be natural despite their man-made form. During the manufacturing process sheet steel was flame cut and the individual pieces welded together by hand.The surface was created by passing the sculptures through boiling zinc which coated the metal to give it the intended ‘natural’ texture, which made every piece unique. Noguchi compared the result to rocks in a stream. In 1983 Noguchi had several exhibitions in NewYork, Chicago and Los Angeles, amongst which was the Japanese American Cultural Centre in Los Angeles.


‘Wind Catcher’


Galvanized steel.

306 x 44 x 44.5 cm. (120 1/2 x 17 1/4 x 17 1/2 in).

Manufactured by Gemini G. E. L., USA. Number 17 from an edition of 18. Back of base with metal label ‘ISAMU NOGUCHI/Wind Catcher 17 /18 /Published by Gemini G. E. L./© Isamu Noguchi Foundation 1993 IN82-2088’ and base with applied weld mark ‘i. n. ’82’.

£45,000 - 55,000 

Sold for £54,500

KYOBAI, Japanese Art and Culture

3 Apr 2008, 6pm