Louis Soulard on Isamu Noguchi, Master of Stone

New York | 7 June

The present bench represents Isamu Noguchi’s mastery of his medium of stone, and figures as a singular object within the sculptor’s oeuvre in its artistic combination of form and function. The bench was commissioned in 1956 by famed Modernist architect Gordon Bunshaft as part of an expansive corporate complex. Notably, the monumental three-piece sculpture titled The Family was created by Noguchi as another integral part of his design for this same commission. Given that the bench has remained in its original outdoor location since its creation it presents in a remarkably well-preserved state.

An Important Bench by Isamu Noguchi will be offered as a part of Sotheby’s Important Design auction on 7 June at Sotheby’s New York as a part of Design Week.

More from Sotheby's

Stay informed with Sotheby’s top stories, videos, events & news.

Receive the best from Sotheby’s delivered to your inbox.

By subscribing you are agreeing to Sotheby’s Privacy Policy. You can unsubscribe from Sotheby’s emails at any time by clicking the “Manage your Subscriptions” link in any of your emails.