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  • Listening to Stone
  • Hayden Herrera
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  • 10 August 2017
  • 9780374281168

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Listening to Stone Read ï 104 review Listening to Stone Through his art now seen as a powerful aesthetic link between the East and the West did Noguchi ever seem to feel that he belongedCombining Noguchi's personal correspondence and interviews with those closest to him from artists patrons assistants and lovers Herrera has created an authoritative biography of one of the twentieth century's most important sculptors She locates Noguchi in his friendships with such artists as Buckminster Fuller and Arshile Gorky and in his affairs with women including Frida Kahlo and Anna Matta Clark With the attention to detail and scholarship that made her biography of Gorky a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize Herrera has written a rich meditation on art in a globalized milieu Listening to Stone is a moving portrait of an artist compulsively driven to reinvent himself as he searched for his own essence of sculptur. Information overload this book was than I ever wanted to know about Nuguchi I kept slogging away at this detailed account of his life and difficult personality because I love my book club Noguchi himself was uite poetic and clear when he talked about his sculpture Unfortunately much of this text was dry and repetitive That said I really like his art didn t know much of it before the book I loved the many photos The text would have been meaningless to me without them He lived to age 84 and had a lot to show for so many years of genius

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Listening to Stone

Listening to Stone Read ï 104 review Listening to Stone Weight and permanence It was a sensual appreciation he never abandoned When looking for stones in remote Japanese uarries for his zen like Paris garden forty years later he would spend hours actually listening to the stones scrambling from one to another until he found one that spoke to him Constantly striving to take the essence of nature and distill it Noguchi moved from sculpture to furniture and from playgrounds to sets for his friend the choreographer Martha Graham and back again working in wood iron clay steel aluminum and of course stoneNoguchi traveled constantly from New York to Paris to India to Japan forever uprooting himself to reinvigorate what he called the keen edge of originality Wherever he went his needy disposition and boyish charm drew women to him yet he tended to push them away when things began to feel too settled Only. This isn t the interpretive biography I was looking for I read about fifty pages Though thorough and well written it s nearly all this happened then that happened Herrera does a good job of tracing lines between Noguchi s mature work and events and relationships in his early life The theme of a rift in Noguchi s life between his Japanese and American heritages comes back again and again But sometimes these origin stories take the form of because this happened he became that way and they feel facile I would have preferred something that delves into Noguchi the artist and the visual and philosophical interchange between him and the many notable artists who figure into his life Important artistic developments come up early on but they re passed over with little comment The narrative of Noguchi s personal life takes precedenceThis is a good book for learning the details of Noguchi s life Herrera tracks them all down and reports them and it s a brisk enjoyable read But look elsewhere for deeper insight

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Listening to Stone Read ï 104 review Listening to Stone Throughout the twentieth century Isamu Noguchi was a vital figure in modern art From interlocking wooden sculptures to massive steel monuments to the elegant Akari lamps Noguchi became a master of what he called the sculpturing of space But his constant struggle as both an artist and a man was to embrace his conflicted identity as the son of a single American woman and a famous yet reclusive Japanese father It's only in art he insisted that it was ever possible for me to find any identity at allIn this remarkable biography of the elusive artist Hayden Herrera observes this driving force of Noguchi's creativity as intimately tied to his deep appreciation of nature As a boy in Japan Noguchi would collect wild azaleas and blue mountain flowers for a little garden in front of his home As Herrera writes he also included a rock to give a feeling of. Art has to have some kind of humanly touching and memorable uality It has to recall something which moves a person a recollection a recognition of his loneliness or tragedy or whatever is at the root of his recollectionFor sculptor Isamu Noguchi loneliness was a great part of creating art One of the strongest feelings that Noguchi had was of being without a national identity Born in the United States to an American mother and Japanese father and having lived in Japan as a small child he considered himself a nomad never finding a place to call homeRejection by his father a well known Japanese poet was also a source of his loneliness Although surrounded by friends mentors and lovers Noguchi was never really able to commit to a single relationship or find a family Surprisingly then perhaps was the fact that so many people recognized his great talent championed his work and cared for him beyond what could possibly be expected given his sometimes challenging personalityWhat he created on the other hand is a gift to the world While it s likely that most people are familiar with his commercial successes for example his coffee table design and his adaptation of Japanese lanterns into Modernist lighting both of which have been endlessly copied rather than his pure art he was extremely successful at both although he never felt he received the recognition he deservedFor those who want to see there is his New York studio which was converted into a museum and his public works of sculpture and gardens in NY Paris Miami California Texas and Japan among other spots He made sculptures using many different materials but it was his relationship to nature and in particular to stone that led to his most profound pieces of artThis book written by the Pulitzer Prize nominated Hayden Herrera captures the complexity of the artist good and bad with probably detail than the average reader might desire Yet this book provides an overall scope of the life and philosophy of a complex man Said the artist We are a landscape of all we know That was certainly true of NoguchiMany thanks to Good Reads and Farrar Straus Giroux for letting me read this book