With just a few lines and shapes, Isamu Noguchi’s set design for Martha Graham’s ballet “Appalachian Spring” suggests a landscape and a way of life. The outline of a house, described with soaring beams, is clean and severe. The only furnishings are a narrow bench and a rocking chair.
On 16 December 2014 Isamu Noguchi’s unique Goodyear table of 1939, carrying an estimate of $2,000,000 – 3,000,000 will be auctioned at Phillips New York. This imposing sculptural icon – designed for then-president of the Museum of Modern Art – is widely considered one of the most important American design works from the twentieth century.
PROVENANCE Galerie du Passage, Paris
LITERATURE Rosanjin Kitaoji Isamu Noguchi, exh. cat., Sezon Museum of Art, Tokyo, 1996, p. 163, cat. no. S20; Alexander von Vegesack, et al., eds., Isamu Noguchi, Sculptural Design, exh. cat., Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, 2001, p. 297
Lot 147, Phillips de Pury & Company Design Auction, 14 November 2009, New York
Produced by Ozeki Company, Gifu, Japan. One of two examples ever produced. Top of structure with artist's ideograph.
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