By Tina Barney and Stephen Shore
Tina Barney and Stephen Shore, two of today’s most esteemed photographers, captured the celebrated New York museum.
Through the eyes of renowned photographers Stephen Shore and Tina Barney, the Noguchi Museum offers a unique view of Isamu Noguchi’s artwork and its setting in the Noguchi Museum. The museum was created and designed by Noguchi, a modernist sculptor and designer, to exhibit his works. As a result, the 1920s-era industrial space in Long Island City, Queens, became the first and only museum in the United States to be created by a living artist for their own work.
Shore has photographed individual works on display at the museum in new and unexpected ways. In contrast, Barney has photographed visitors to the museum and its events, capturing a sense of the museum’s spatial experience. These new photographs form a lovely object that pays homage to the museum and artwork while showcasing the photographers’ skill and vision.
The museum celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2015, coinciding with the publication. This is the only book that focuses on the extraordinary dynamic between the museum’s artworks, architecture, and visitors.
The book contains a foreword by Jenny Dixon, the museum’s director, and a selection of archival photographs documenting the museum’s transformation, many of which are being published for the first time.
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