Author

Sumiko Keay

Publication Date

1997

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Bisanz, Rudolf M.

Degree Name

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Department

School of Art

LCSH

Noguchi, Isamu, 1904-||Sculptors--United States--Biography||Sculpture, American--20th century--History

Abstract

One of the more difficult periods of an artist's career is the period following his or her formal education when the artist must establish himself/herself as an artist. Isamu Noguchi's long and successful career began during the Great Depression. The ten years from 1932 to 1942 were important in the formulation of Noguchi's artistic style and philosophy. He was forced by circumstance to explore the possibilities of creating art that would not be displayed in the galleries. Economic, social, and art critical forces combined to make it difficult to create the type of art that he most desired to create. This paper discusses the various strategies employed by Isamu Noguchi to enable himself to continue to produce art during the Great Depression. The strategies include gallery exhibitions, working with government-funded projects, working as a set designer and in industrial design, as well as entering contests to produce decoration for corporations.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references (pages [44]-46)

Extent

vi, 68 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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