Isamu Noguchi in the courtyard of his MacDougal Alley Studio with Man Aviator, c.1943-49
© The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York / ARS. Photo by Gina Hohensee.
Through a lifetime of progressive, socially charged artistic experimentation, Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988) was one of the leading sculptors and designers of the twentieth century. Born in Los Angeles to a Japanese father and an American mother and raised between Japan and the United States, he defined a peripatetic artistic career, with New York as his primary base. He created an extremely wide range of works, including industrial design objects, ceramics, monuments and installations for public space, landscape designs, set designs for the stage, and sculptures in stone, metal, and other materials. He easily moved across the boundaries of artistic disciplines in a practice that was resolutely global and multivalent, turning the entirety of his biracial, multinational, and transcultural condition into a source for creative work.
© Nick Ash
Danh Vo was born in southern Vietnam in 1975, shortly after the end of the war. In 1979, he left the country as a refugee with his family and settled in Denmark. He studied at the Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi (the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts) in Copenhagen and at the Städelschule in Frankfurt. He is critically acclaimed for work that conjures lesser-known or overlooked histories and biographies through conceptual adoptions of artefacts and found objects. In 2018, a solo exhibition of his work—titled Danh Vo: Take My Breath Away—was held at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and SMK (Statens Museum for Kunst, the national gallery of Denmark). He represented Denmark at the Venice Biennale in 2015 and was awarded the Hugo Boss Prize in 2012. He currently lives and works in Berlin and Mexico City.