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Isamu Noguchi

Isamu Noguchi (November 17, 1904 - December 30, 1988) was a notable 20th century artist.

Isamu was born in Los Angeles to an American writer, Leonie Gilmour, and a Japanese poet, Yonejiro Noguchi, on November 17, 1904. In 1906 he moved with his mother to join his father in Japan, where he spent the rest of his childhood.

In 1918 he was sent to the United States for schooling. He graduated from La Porte High School in La Porte, Indiana in 1922.

In 1924 Noguchi dropped out of Columbia University to pursue sculpture full-time. In the ensuing years he gained in prominence and acclaim, leaving his large-scale works in many of the world's major cities. Such works include:

His works were not limited to sculptures and gardens. He designed stage sets for various Martha Graham productions; he designed some mass-produced objects such lamps and furniture some of which are still manufactured and sold today. His work lives on around the world and at the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum in New York City.

His final project was the design of a 400-acre park for Sapporo, Japan. Designed in 1988 before his death, Moerenuma Park is under construction as of 2003.

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