Isamu Noguchi’s lights get Futura’s graffiti treatment

Futura Akari brings together two icons from different eras and creative genres in a fittingly modern way.

WORDS Adam Bryce
Photography Supplied by the Noguchi Museum

Isamu Noguchi, one of the 20th centuries most critically acclaimed sculptors, designed the first iteration of the ‘Akari’ Light in 1952. 

Some 70 years on and another creative icon stamps his mark on the lights. Futura (formerly known as Futura 2000 [and also known as Leonard Hilton McGurr]) lends his gifted touch to great use creating a selection of hand-painted light sculptures.  

Regarded as one of the most important figures in street art history, Futura originally made his (first) name on the streets of Brooklyn in the 70s and 80s before being adopted by the fine art world. But demand for the artist has never ceased. His collaboration with fashion’s Comme des Garçons is currently in store worldwide and a Rizzoli-published monograph is to be released this week to accompany his first-in-30-years-exhibition at New York’s Eric Firestone Gallery.

On show until 11 February 2021 at The Noguchi Museum will be a selection of customised lights, including Futura’s rendition of a 1985 painting entitled El Diablo.


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