Bisanz, Rudolf M.
M.A. (Master of Arts)
School of Art
Noguchi; Isamu; 1904-; Sculptors--United States--Biography; Sculpture; American--20th century--History
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.
Keay, Sumiko, "Isamu Noguchi : the early years, or, how to survive as an artist in parlous times : the sculptor struggles with social, creative, patronage and art critical forces during the Great Depression" (1997). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 3675.
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