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ISAMU NOGUCHI AND QI BAISHI

BEIJING 1930

NOGUCHI MUSEUM   noguchi.org.

through January 26th
9-01  33rd Road, at Vernon Boulevard, LOG ISLAND CITY, QUEENS

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Image: Isamu Noguchi, Peking Drawing (Man sitting), 1930 and Qi Baishi, Crabs, c. 1930

Both artists in one exhibit, organized jointly by the Noguchi Museum and the  University of Michigan Museum of Art, and focusing on their six month period together in Beijing. The 26 year old Noguchi who had had  mentors  like Brancusi and Buckminster Fuller, worked with, learned from  and was inspired by  Qi Baishi who was by then in his late 60s. Chinese ink paintings, strong lines, thin brush strokes; one concentrating on figures and Qi on whimsical things from nature. After six months Noguchi went to New York  fully intending to return to Beijing to ” learn the art of the brush” but the Japanese invasion of Manchuria put an end to this.

I had a chance to appraise one of Qi Baishi’s crab paintings some years ago and just recently I appraised a set of prints by the artist originating at  his 

his Rong Bao Zhai studio, Beijing. 

Cheers,

Elisabeth

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