In an ambitious survey of the artist’s significant body of work, the exhibition highlights a range of themes and influences: his Japanese heritage and ancestral homeland; experiences as a child in California and Japan; artistic affinities with Dalí, Miró, Wassily Kandinsky and Pablo Picasso; and collaborations across mediums, including dance, architecture and landscape design.

“A New Nature” pairs significant existing sculptures with new commissions by Noguchi in response to his own work. These include a freestanding organic wall-painting, which the artist painted over in collaboration with Mark Bradford; a large-scale stainless steel sculpture that recalls the artist’s metal maquettes for public art commissions; and two hanging steel canopies that can be seen as variations on Noguchi’s imposing aluminum Conference Table at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

A new commission by Mark Bradford is also included alongside Black Sun, a sculpture created by Noguchi in collaboration with Jean Arp in 1947.

Noguchi traveled extensively throughout his life, frequently setting up studios and building outposts of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation at key points of departure. His output was prolific and multifaceted, ranging from sculptures to garden design to furniture to architectural commissions. Yet he is perhaps best known for his public sculptures—a series of imposing works that include Earthbound, at Rockefeller Center; Monument to the Plow, in Minneapolis; and The Four Seasons, above the Seagram Building on Park Avenue.“Isamu Noguchi is among America’s most important artists of this century,” said Jay Jopling, founder of White Cube. “His legacy is extraordinary, with an unparalleled record of making works that are both culturally significant and immediately accessible to the viewer. He celebrated nature as a source of inspiration, yet his work also has an imposing presence that is very much of our time—it can be spiritual while being utterly modern at the same time. I have been a fan of his work for many years and am so glad to have been able to journey with him through this exhibition, which brings together an extraordinary range of material—including extremely rare early pieces.