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Author Lyford, Amy, 1963-
Title Isamu Noguchi's modernism : negotiating race, labor, and nation, 1930-1950 / Amy Lyford.
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [2013]
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 Floor3  NB237.N6 L94 2013    IN LIBRARY
Description viii, 273 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Content Type text
Format volume
Note "Published with the assistance of the Getty Foundation."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-257) and index.
Contents Labor. Earthworks, the Depression Economy, and Monument to the Plow -- Modernism, Public Art, and Sculpture as Social Practice in the 1930s -- Reinventing Labor in New York -- Race. Negotiating Japanese American Confinement -- Reimagining Humanity in the 1940s -- Noguchi, Asian America, and Artistic Identity in Postwar New York -- Postscript: Beginnings and Ends at the Venice Biennale -- Appendix A. Noguchi's "A Plan for Government Sponsored Farm and Craft Settlement for People of Japanese Parentage" -- Appendix B. Noguchi's "I Become a Nisei."
Summary "In a study that combines archival research, a firm grounding in the historical context, biographical analysis, and sustained attention to specific works of art, Amy Lyford provides an account of Isamu Noguchi's work between 1930 and 1950 and situates him among other artists who found it necessary to negotiate the issues of race and national identity. In particular, Lyford explores Noguchi's sense of his art as a form of social activism and a means of struggling against stereotypes of race, ethnicity, and national identity. Ultimately, the aesthetics and rhetoric of American modernism in this period both energized Noguchi's artistic production and constrained his public reputation"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Noguchi, Isamu, 1904-1988 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Modernism (Art) -- United States.
Art and society -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 9780520253148 (hardback)
0520253140 (hardback)
OCLC number 818734493