Isamu Noguchi, Bollingen Drawing, ca. 1949 - 1950

Tracks: Animal Drawings from Noguchi’s Travels

May 25, 2011 – September 18, 2011

Despite an enduring reputation as an artist interested in abstraction and spatial concerns, Noguchi avidly explored figuration and it informed much of his work. During his travels from the 1920s through the 1950s, Noguchi’s many drawings serve as a record of his daily life abroad, and his sketchbook renderings of animals form a particularly rich area of focus. Some 40 of Noguchi’s concise ink and pencil drawings, showing a masterly fluidity and improvisational sense, capture animals as part of city scenes, as architectural details, and in some instances, are placed side by side with studies for his abstract sculpture.