Artist and designer Isamu Noguchi was a busy man in the early 1980s.
Born in Los Angeles in 1904, he had won a Guggenheim award as a young man, catapulting him into the arts stratosphere. He spent many years working in Japan and Europe, ascending to the rank of an international artist.
Noguchi was part of the early modernist and environmental movements, having worked as an assistant to famed modernist Constantin Brancusi in Paris, and was also a close friend of American visionary Buckminster Fuller, who created the geodesic dome. By the 1960s, Noguchi had designed numerous indoor, outdoor and landscape works all over the world, according to the website, designboom.
Laguna Art Museum is bringing Noguchi home for the first-ever retrospective of his work in California, said Museum Curator of Exhibitions Grace Kook-Anderson.
The show, "Noguchi: California Legacy," opens Sunday and continues until Oct. 2.
"In his work, Noguchi was trying to diminish the boundaries of art and function," said Kook-Anderson.