European Decorative Arts and Sculpture
"Akari" LampMade in United States, North and Central America
Designed by Isamu Noguchi, American, 1904 - 1988. Made by George Kovacs Lighting, Inc., New York, 1954 - present.
Mino-gami (mulberry bark paper), bamboo, metal
Currently not on view
1979-87-4aGift of the artist, 1979
LabelThis handcrafted paper lamp--its design based on traditional Japanese lanterns--reflects the lifelong interest of Isamu Noguchi in the integration of light and sculpture. Given the name Akari, which Noguchi says "suggests lightness as opposed to weight," the lamp is from a series of some eighty paper lamps designed by the sculptor that range from simple spheres to columns of prismatic shapes and stacked blocks.