New York

Isamu Noguchi

Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
October 28–January 16

Curated by Valerie Fletcher

Focusing on Isamu Noguchi’s series of wood and stone totems that evoke the nearly sentient quality particular to his work, this retrospective covering mainly the early ’30s to the early ’60s celebrates the centenary of the Japanese artist’s birth. Also featured are sixty-five sculptures and twenty drawings, all highlighting Noguchi’s mix of European modernism with Japanese tradition and his extraordinary sense of material and form. Organized jointly by the Whitney and the Hirshhorn and curated by the latter’s Valerie Fletcher, the show is accompanied by a catalogue that features essays by Fletcher, Bonnie Rychlak, and Dana Miller. Travels to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, Feb. 10, 2005–May 8, 2005.