Publisher: Atelier Editions, ISBN: 9781733622080, Edited by: Objects of Common Interest Design Agency, Format: Two paperbacks in a slipcase, 240 x 180mm, 320pp
Through an engaging visual essay of letters, photographs, sketches and words from the artist himself, this beautifully designed two-volume set sheds new light on the intimate relationship Noguchi had with Greece’s creative community, history, myths and material culture. The publication showcases Noguchi’s Greece-centred works across sculpture, design and architecture, and includes myriad essays and reflections that illuminate and trace his artistic development and relationships. Noguchi and Greece, Greece and Noguchi explores the enduring influence of Greek art, design and evolving cultural identity on Noguchi’s internationalist perspective.
New essays delve into Noguchi’s fertile collaborations with dancers and choreographers inspired by Greece, including innovative American choreographer Martha Graham, and the gradual development of Noguchi’s truly interdisciplinary practice. A portrait of Noguchi, already a consummate traveller before he first embarked on his explorations of Greece, is provided by a meditation on his transformative relationship with maverick architect Buckminster Fuller, who saw Noguchi for the person-of-the-world that he was.
This collaborative publication includes Noguchi’s Greece-centred works across sculpture, design and architecture, alongside a series of responsive texts and artworks by contemporary design studio Objects of Common Interest, led by Eleni Petaloti and Leonidas Trampoukis, and a series of photographs by current practitioners inspired by Noguchi’s interdisciplinary legacy. Noguchi and Greece, Greece and Noguchi is an extension of a research and exhibition project initiated by OoCI with the Noguchi Museum in New York.