26/05/2023 - 01/07/2023

Mid-Late C20th - Sculpture

Isamu Noguchi - The Earth, This Passage

Tue-Sat: 10-6pm; Sun: 12-6pm

White Cube Mason’s Yard is pleased to present ‘The Earth, This Passage’, a selection of artworks by Isamu Noguchi (1904–88) which collectively reflect the artist's engagement with material, performance and notions of place.

The exhibition takes its title from a 1962 sculpture: a bronze ring cast from clay impressed by Noguchi’s body as he walked over the yielding surface. Preserving physical imprints in its form, the work invokes a central tenet of Noguchi's practice: to expand human consciousness through observable experience and, in turn, enhance one's sense of belonging.

Extending Noguchi’s understanding of the body as a conduit for experience, ‘This Earth, This Passage’ brings together work from the 1920s to the 1980s in varied materials: bronze, hot-dipped galvanized steel, basalt and granite. The diversity of materials attests to the interdisciplinary nature of the artist’s practice, informed by his itinerant travels and belief that art is in a ‘constant process of becoming'.


St James's 26 Masons Yard, SW1Y 6BU