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Masatoshi Izumi

Kegarenaki mizu Tsukubai (water basin)

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Born into a family of stone carvers in the town of Mure on the Japanese island of Shikoku, Masatoshi Izumi was the principal collaborator of Isamu Noguchi on the artist's late stone sculpture. Izumi began working with stone in 1953, and in 1964 he co-founded the Stone Atelier in Kagawa Prefecture, dedicated to new architectural and artistic uses of traditional stone cutting techniques. That year he also met Isamu Noguchi, who in 1966 asked Izumi to help him carve the monumental granite sculpture Black Sun, completed in 1969 for the Seattle Art Museum. Izumi then developed a studio complex in Mure for Isamu Noguchi, and he assembled a group of artisans to work on Noguchi's granite and basalt sculptures. In addition to his two decade collaboration with Isamu Noguchi, Masatoshi Izumi and his colleagues have realized some of the most ambitious architectural, sculpture, and garden stone projects.

Masatoshi Izumi


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    Japanese basalt

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    63.0 x 91.5 x 73.0 cm (24.8 x 36.0 x 28.7 in)

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