Sachs / Noguchi

In 1977, Isamu Noguchi's freind and founder of the Sōgetsu-ryū school of ikebana, Sofu Teshigahara, asked him to design an open space for flowers, of stones, and water titled “Heaven” in the Sogetsu Headquarters in Tokyo.

Isamu Noguchi and Hiroshi Teshigahara exhibition at Sogetsu Plaza in 1980.

Source: Sogetsu

Tom Sachs exhibition in the lobby of Sogetsu Kaikan. It was presented by Tomio Koyama Gallery

The sculptures by Sachs were related to an exhibition recently held at the the Noguchi Museum in New York. It was Sachs' interpretation of chanoyu (Japanese tea ceremony) and the associated rituals. More about that, here.


Noguchi Desk

Weekend / Stuff

Joel Edwards, Tony Paul and Robert Maxwell

McLaughlin / LACMA

John McLaughlin (1898-1976) Paintings: Total Abstraction at LACMA
The exhibition contains 52 pieces by the self taught Dana Point artist.

There is a room of earlier paintings in the exhibition, like this one from 1949. This only a few years after he started painting full-time. It's a good painting, but he still isn't there. McLaughlin started painting in his 40s. He was heavily influenced by Japanese art and culture. Along with inheriting his uncle's Japanese art collection from his mother. In 1935 John moved to Japan for two years. 

He's getting there.

1951 and 1952


This is when he nails it. McLaughlin said his goal, with rectangular compositions, was "to liberate the viewer from the tyranny of the object."





In addition to a superb catalogue, LACMA produced a short documentary. 
See it here.  

Along with Roy McMakin chairs in the gallery, he's also in the documentary.

McMakin / McLaughlin

Tony DeLap photo of Mclaughlin's studio in 1976, the year he died.

This is a powerful exhibition by an underrated master.

Kagawa / Kenzo Tange

Kagawa Prefectural Government Hall (1958) in Takamatsu, by Kenzo Tange
The tile mural, “Wakeiseijaku – Harmony, Respect, Purity, Tranquility” is by Genichiro Inokuma

The Kenzo Tange studio designed the interior, which includes furniture by Isamu Kenmochi, Testsuo Matsumoto, Yasuko Yoshida and Yasuji Kobayashi.
The stools are ceramic.

Kenzo Tange shelves

Kenzo Tange