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T+L Reports: The Design King of Queens

Nineteen years ago, after creating landscapes, monuments, and plazas in locations as far-flung as Jerusalem and Hiroshima, the sculptor Isamu Noguchi designed and built his own museum and garden in a desolate corner of Long Island City, New York. Marking the centennial year of the artist's birth, the newly renovated Noguchi Museum reopens this month in a neighborhood where automotive body shops now rub elbows with such renowned arts institutions as MOMA Queens and P.S.1. Inaugurating a series of special exhibitions, "Isamu Noguchi: Sculptural Design" highlights the artist's multifaceted oeuvre. Look for early abstract sculptures made under the influence of Brancusi, his mentor; monumental stone works that recall the ancient arts of Japan and India; Modernist stage sets he devised for Martha Graham productions; and his biomorphic couch and tables, furniture for a Surrealist's dream house. June 12-October 4.
—Leslie Camhi

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