Isamu Noguchi


Birthday November 17, 1904

Birth Sign Scorpio

Birthplace California

DEATH DATE Dec 30, 1988 (84)

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Japanese-American artist and landscape architect who produced the modern piece of furniture known as the Noguchi table, as well as various sculptures and public works. He additionally contributed stage sets to several Martha Graham productions.

Before Fame

He attended Columbia University and the Leonardo da Vinci Art School, where he studied sculpture. He was awarded the Logan Medal of the Arts for his portrait busts.


He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1962, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1971, and he received the National Medal of Arts award in 1987.

Family Life

He was born to Japanese poet Yone Noguchi and American writer Léonie Gilmour after the couple had ended their relationship. He married Yoshiko Otaka in 1951.

Associated With

He designed the sets and costumes for a production of "King Lear," starring John Gielgud, in 1955.