The Noguchi Musem: A Portrait

Two of today's most respected photographers, Tina Barney and Stephen Shore, capture the celebrated Noguchi Museum in New York.

“The Noguchi Museum” provides a unique perspective on the artwork of Isamu Noguchi and its setting in the Noguchi Museum through the eyes of renowned photographers Stephen Shore and Tina Barney. Noguchi, a modernist sculptor and designer, founded and designed the museum for the specific purpose of exhibiting his works. The 1920s-era industrial space in Long Island City, Queens, thus became the first and only museum in the U.S. to be designed by a living artist for the artist's own work.

Shore has photographed individual works on view at the museum, documenting them in new and surprising ways, and Barney has photographed visitors and events at the museum, capturing something of the building’s spatial experience. These new photographs comprise a beautiful object that pays tribute to the museum and its artwork while highlighting the skill and eye of these two photographers.

This is the only book that focuses on the unique dynamic among the museum's artworks, architecture and visitors.

The book includes a foreword by the museum director, Jenny Dixon, and a selection of archival images documenting the transformation of the museum, many published here for the first time


Additional Information:

  • Published September 2015
  • 136 pages, hardcover
  • 13 x 10 inches