Friday, December 2, 2011

Isama Naguchi was born Japanese-American in 1904 an died 1988. While studying pre-med at Columbia University, he took evening sculpture classes. He then left Columbia to become a sculptor. Naguchi is a critically acclaimed artist. He made many sculptures and gardens, as well as furniture and lighting designs. He created many ceramics and designed architecture.

His work is influenced by many cultures like Mexico with their large scale works, Japan's ceramics and gardens, ink brush in China and the marbles in Italy . He utilizes and incorporates these ideas using many different materials, including stainless steel, marble, cast iron, balsawood, bronze, sheet aluminum, basalt, granite, and water. After seeing an exhibit by Constantine Brancusi in 1926 his art direction changed after being greatly influenced by modernism and abstraction and fusing finished pieces with emotional expressiveness.

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