Isamu Noguchi

Issey Miyake
Photographs by Irving Penn

Wonderful Issey Miyake-signed copy of the first Japanese printing of this famous book, published by Libro Port Publishing Co. Ltd., Tokyo in 1988. It is the hardcover version with original illustrated dust-jacket.
Published to coincide with the exhibition “Issey Miyake A UN,” organized by Miyake Design Studio in association with the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris in 1988, this heavily photographic book features stunning full-page photos by Irving Penn of Issey Miyake’s 1987 line throughout the entire book. Foreword by Isamu Noguchi, and accompanying essay by Jay Cocks. Type design by Kiyoshi Kanai. Project coordinated by Midori Kitamura and June Kanai, who also modeled the clothes. Wonderful, iconic imagery of Issey Miyake’s late 1980’s works.

Dedication, signed and dated (1988) by Issey Miyake in bold black marker on title page!

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Isamu Noguchi, Human Aspect as a Contemporary
54 Witnesses in Japan and America


Beautiful first edition, in rare illustrated hard slipcase, of this handsome hardcover volume of essays on Isamu Noguchi. This series of essays, personal reflections and accounts by 54 friends and colleagues of Noguchi’s, including Yoshi Taniguchi (architect), Issey Miyake (fashion designer), Arata Isozaki (architect), Tadao Ando (architect), Ikko Tanaka (graphic designer), Thomas Messer (director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation), Kenzo Tange (architect), and many others, was published to commemorate the opening of the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum in Japan. First half of the book sees all essays in English, followed by a pictorial section of colour photographs of Noguchi at work, his sculptures and the Noguchi Garden, taken by famed Japanese photographers Shigeo Anzai, Yukio Futagawa, Kishin Shinoyama and others. The book closes with all essays repeated in Japanese. Also includes a map of Isamu Noguchi works across Japan, a biography, chronology, and blurbs on all contributing essayists, all in English and also Japanese.

A precise and very personal publication, and in this scarce hard-case edition, art directed by friend and celebrated Japanese graphic designer Ikko Tanaka, as one of his last ever design projects.
A must for any enthusiast of Noguchi’s work.

Isamu Noguchi (November 17, 1904 – December 30, 1988) prominent Japanese American artist and landscape architect whose artistic career spanned six decades, from the 1920s onward. One of the greatest 20th-century sculptors, Noguchi is known for his sculpture and public works, creating innovative parks, plazas, playgrounds, fountains, gardens, and stage sets as well as sculpture of stone, metal, wood, and clay, and several mass-produced lamps and furniture pieces, some of which are still manufactured and sold.
In 1947, Noguchi began a collaboration with the Herman Miller company, when he joined with George Nelson, Paul László and Charles Eames to produce a catalog containing what is often considered to be the most influential body of modern furniture ever produced, including the iconic Noguchi table which remains in production today.

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Isamu Noguchi
Retrospective 1992

Scarce major Japanese monograph on the work of prominent and influential Japanese-American sculptor artist, landscape architect, and furniture/lighting designer Isamu Noguchi, published on the occasion of the major retrospective exhibition “ISAMU NOGUCHI RETROSPECTIVE 1992”, March 14 1992 -May 10 1992 / The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and May 26 1992 – July 5 1992 / The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto.

This book documents a large many works spanning the 1920s-1980s, alongside text by Koji Takahashi, forming an important document and archive of Noguchi’s life and work.

Isamu Noguchi (November 17, 1904 – December 30, 1988) prominent Japanese American artist and landscape architect whose artistic career spanned six decades, from the 1920s onward. One of the greatest 20th-century sculptors, Noguchi is known for his sculpture and public works, creating innovative parks, plazas, playgrounds, fountains, gardens, and stage sets as well as sculpture of stone, metal, wood, and clay, and several mass-produced lamps and furniture pieces, some of which are still manufactured and sold.
In 1947, Noguchi began a collaboration with the Herman Miller company, when he joined with George Nelson, Paul László and Charles Eames to produce a catalog containing what is often considered to be the most influential body of modern furniture ever produced, including the iconic Noguchi table which remains in production today.

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Forms in Aggression
Formative Uprising of the 1960s


Scarce Japanese book published in 1987 to accompany a major exhibition surveying the expression of post-war Japanese Craftspeople at the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo. Features forward and three essays in Japanese and English, plus a fantastic selection of artists profiled in vivid full colour and black and white images throughout the book of their incredible sculptural forms. Also features a chronology and list of works.
Features the work of Kawamoto Goro, Kato Kiyoyuki, Ochi Kenzo, Kumakura Junkichi, Koie Ryoji, Sugie Jumpei, Suzuki Osamu, Suzuki Hyosaku III, Tsuji Shindo, Nakamura Kimpei, Isamu Noguchi, Hattori Shunsho, Hayashi Yasuo, Banura Shogo, Fujihira Shin, Miura Kageo, Mitsuhashi Kunitami, Miyata Rando III, Motono Toichi, Morino Hiroaki, Yagi Kazuo, Yanagihara Mutsuo, Yamada Hikaru, working across primarily ceramic, but also textile, metal and painting.
A wonderful, rare publication of well-known and very rarely seen wonders of post-war Japanese crafts.

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