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Isamu Noguchi, Death (Lynched Figure)


Sculpture, Metal
My awareness of being an American, which came in the fall or winter of 1933, was followed in 1934 by the influence of social consciousness to the extent that when it became summer I decided to move to Woodstock, New York, to do a sculpture on the lynching of blacks. The Marie Harriman Gallery offered to help me prepare for an exhibition of my work, which was held the next year. In this show were models and drawings for the Monument to the Plough, the Monument to Ben Franklin, and Play Mountain besides a few portrait heads. The sculpture Death was shown but Mrs. Harriman declined to show Birth, a large travertine carving I had made following an observation of a delivery at Bellevue Hospital. The show was roundly denounced by the art critic Henry McBride.
Original Noguchi Collection
Quotations by Isamu Noguchi from The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1987), unless otherwise noted.
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