Isamu Noguchi

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Exhibition Label
Born Los Angeles, California
German-born artist Winold Reiss challenged the racial typing of minorities by portraying his black, Native American, and Asian subjects as dignified individuals. His portrait of sculptor Isamu Noguchi defied the "yellow peril" stereotyping that followed the 1924 National Origins Act banning Chinese and Japanese immigration. With his frontal pose and bold, confrontational gaze, Noguchi, whose father was Japanese, appears as a self-assured, thoroughly modern young American. The abstract background hints at that mix of the organic and geometric that characterized Noguchi’s sculpture. At the time, Noguchi had just returned from Paris on a Guggenheim Fellowship. In his grant application, he had stated how he planned to reconcile his dual ethnicity through art: "My father . . . has long been known as an interpreter of the East to the West, through poetry. I wish to do the same with sculpture."
Topic
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie
Isamu Noguchi: Male
Isamu Noguchi: Visual Arts\Artist\Sculptor
Isamu Noguchi: Visual Arts\Designer\Interior Designer
Isamu Noguchi: Visual Arts\Designer\Product Designer
Portrait
National Portrait Gallery
Rights
© Estate of Winold Reiss
Artist
Winold Reiss, 16 Sep 1886 - 29 Aug 1953
Sitter
Isamu Noguchi, 17 Nov 1904 - 30 Dec 1988
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Joseph and Rosalyn Newman Conserved with funds from the Smithsonian Women's Committee
Medium
Pastel on paper
Dimensions
Sight: 73.7 x 54.6cm (29 x 21 1/2")
Frame: 87.9 x 68.6 x 5.1cm (34 5/8 x 27 x 2")
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
c. 1929
Type
Drawing
Object number
NPG.86.226
Culture
Isamu Noguchi: Asian\Japanese
Isamu Noguchi: American\Asian American\Japanese American