The artwork will outlive its author. This is the hope of every artist, at least. And while not every work of art will achieve the self-actualization that either changing tastes, public affection, or the art market can provide—enabling paintings, sculptures, and the odd urinal to pass through a succession of either genuinely appreciative or merely speculative hands—this conceit can serve as a subliminal encouragement for the artist in the creative act. It is curious to consider that Isamu Noguchi, who for the first few decades of his career epitomized the “artist’s artist” as an avant-garde sculptor with few sales but a keen grasp of the advantages of media exposure, saw a route for himself as a creator of site-specific works to bypass the conventional trajectory of the studio artist. His conception of the “sculpture of space” as a platform to work beyond a traditional perception of movable/stand-alone sculpture would lead to a reputation as a sculptor and collaborator with an understanding of how sculpture could exist on architecture’s terms.
- Isamu Noguchi
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