Meet the Man Behind That Famous Paper Lantern

A new show at Pace Gallery in New York is pulling back the curtain on the stunning work of Isamu Noguchi.

Works by Isamu Noguchi on display at Pace Gallery in New York. Photo: @pacegallery
Works by Isamu Noguchi on display at Pace Gallery in New York. Photo: @pacegallery

You know his paper lanterns on sight. You'd recognize his signature coffee table anywhere (and frequent the satirical blog named for it). But did you know Isamu Noguchi is also responsible for some stunning sculptures, ceramics, and even parks and public plazas? If you want to know more about the Japanese American designer and artist, this is the way to do it: Isamu Noguchi: Variations at Pace Gallery in New York. 

Isamu Noguchi's Red Cube (1968) on West 25th Street in New York City. Photo: @pacegallery
Isamu Noguchi's Red Cube (1968) on West 25th Street in New York City. Photo: @pacegallery

The exhibition takes over two expansive spaces in the city's Chelsea gallery district and showcases works inspired by his friendships with architect Buckminster Fuller, sculptor Constantin Brâncuși, and dancer Martha Graham, as well as furniture and lighting designed for Herman Miller and Knoll. Even if gallery hopping isn't your scene, you can check out Noguchi works in the wild around New York City and beyond. Through March 21, pacegallery.com.

A Noguchi pendant in the downtown L.A. home of Hammer and Spear. Photo: Jessica Sample / Lonny
A Noguchi pendant in the downtown L.A. home of Hammer and Spear. Photo: Jessica Sample / Lonny
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