Isamu Noguchi: Founding Father of the Queens Art Scene
Over the past the couple decades, as Manhattan real estate has continued to price out young artists trying to make a name for themselves, Queens has emerged as a haven for today’s best up-and-coming artists. One of the most venerable anchoring institutions of the Queens art community is the Noguchi Museum, founded in 1985 by famed Japanese-American artists Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988). A remarkable work of art in itself, the building and its interior garden were designed by Noguchi to showcase the greatest of his life's labors. Today, the museum’s garden and ten unique gallery spaces feature not only Noguchi’s own fascinating artwork, but also the work of the many brilliant young artists who have been influenced by Noguchi’s vision. Scholars will be excited to explore the artist’s vast archive, which includes photographs, manuscripts, letters, and many other records of note. The gift shop offers a range of quirky and beautiful art objects, furniture, and decorative items inspired by Noguchi’s work.
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