Isamu Noguchi 1904–1988

Isamu Noguchi was the son of Yone Noguchi, a Japanese poet, and Léonie Gilmour, an American writer. He was born in Los Angeles in 1904 but lived in Japan from the age of two until 1918 when he returned to the United States to attend school in Indiana. In 1922 Noguchi moved to New York to study pre-medicine at Columbia University. He also took night courses in sculpture with Onorio Ruotolo and soon after, he left Columbia in pursuit of a career in the arts.

In 1927 Noguchi received a Guggenheim Fellowship for a trip to Paris and the Far East. For six months in Paris, he worked in the studio of Constantin Brancusi and his own work became more abstract as Noguchi explored working with stone, wood and sheet metal. Noguchi returned to New York and in 1929 he met R. Buckminster Fuller and Martha Graham, colleagues and friends with whom he would later collaborate. In 1938 Noguchi was commissioned to complete a work for the Associated Press building in the Rockefeller Center in New York. Marking his first public sculpture, this work garnered attention and recognition for the artist in the United States.

Auction Results Isamu Noguchi

ISAMU NOGUCHI, Important and Unique Dining Table for Mr. & Mrs. Milton Greene | wright20.com

Isamu Noguchi

Important and Unique Dining Table for Mr. & Mrs. Milton Greene

estimate: $1,000,000–1,500,000
result: $1,653,000
ISAMU NOGUCHI, table, model #IN-62 | wright20.com

Isamu Noguchi

table, model #IN-62

estimate: $70,000–90,000
result: $630,000
ISAMU NOGUCHI, pedestal | wright20.com

Isamu Noguchi

pedestal

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $320,500
ISAMU NOGUCHI, Rare and Important Chess table, model IN-61 | wright20.com

Isamu Noguchi

Rare and Important Chess table, model IN-61

estimate: $150,000–200,000
result: $233,000
ISAMU NOGUCHI, rare and important Rudder dining suite from the Hasting Estate | wright20.com

Isamu Noguchi

rare and important Rudder dining suite from the Hasting Estate

estimate: $150,000–200,000
result: $182,500
ISAMU NOGUCHI, Rare cloud ottoman, model IN-71 | wright20.com

Isamu Noguchi

Rare cloud ottoman, model IN-71

estimate: $150,000–200,000
result: $170,500
ISAMU NOGUCHI, Rare Rudder dining suite | wright20.com

Isamu Noguchi

Rare Rudder dining suite

estimate: $150,000–200,000
result: $161,000
ISAMU NOGUCHI, Prismatic table | wright20.com

Isamu Noguchi

Prismatic table

estimate: $70,000–90,000
result: $132,000
ISAMU NOGUCHI, Chess table, model IN-61 | wright20.com

Isamu Noguchi

Chess table, model IN-61

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $97,750
ISAMU NOGUCHI, Pierced Table (IN82-2090) | wright20.com

Isamu Noguchi

Pierced Table (IN82-2090)

estimate: $40,000–50,000
result: $96,000
ISAMU NOGUCHI, Pierced Table (IN-82-2090) | wright20.com

Isamu Noguchi

Pierced Table (IN-82-2090)

estimate: $40,000–50,000
result: $86,400
ISAMU NOGUCHI, Shaft & Root (IN82-2101) | wright20.com

Isamu Noguchi

Shaft & Root (IN82-2101)

estimate: $70,000–90,000
result: $84,000