Overall: 110.5 x 23 x 23.6 cm (43 1/2 x 9 1/16 x 9 5/16 in.); with base: 204.4 x 45.8 x 45.8 cm (80 1/2 x 18 1/16 x 18 1/16 in.)
Contemporary Collection of The Cleveland Museum of Art 1966.48
© The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Noguchi said, "You can find out how to do something and then do it, or do something and then find out what you did."
In 1927–28, while working in the Paris studio of Constantin Brancusi, Noguchi learned marble carving techniques and a deep appreciation for radically reduced, elemental form. He also discovered Surrealism during his Paris years and became friendly with sculptor Alexander Calder. While living in New York in the early 1940s, Noguchi developed a close relationship with the Surrealists in exile. The primordial, mythic imagery of his postwar sculptures reflects his anguish over the precarious state of the world.
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