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Noguchi’s NEWS

The massive steel sculpture that rises above the entrance to 50 Rock is by none other than sculptor Isamu Noguchi. Weighing in at a whopping 9 tonnes, the piece was actually the result of an open-call contest asking for a piece related to the news and cast in bronze, which was given in 1938 by the building’s former tenant, the Associated Press. Noguchi won the bid with his bas-relief of five reporters seeking out a scoop, and was presented in stainless steel instead of bronze, an idea Noguchi had himself.

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The Art Deco piece has a feel of Cubism, and also bears influence from Noguchi’s former mentor, Constantin Brancusi. “News” is one of many of the Art Deco-era collection of commissioned art pieces at the Rockefeller Center complex (which you can tour here).

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Who: Isamu Noguchi

What: News, 1938

Where: 50 Rockefeller Center

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2 Responses to “Noguchi’s NEWS”
  1. I think of that as a frieze not a sculpture. Are they both correct? It’s like a Pilaster vs a column.

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