Tadao Ando and Elyn Zimmerman Win the 2016 Isamu Noguchi Award


Elyn Zimmerman.


The Noguchi Museum has named architect Tadao Ando and artist Elyn Zimmerman as the winners of the 2016 Isamu Noguchi Award, which is given annually “to individuals who share [museum founder] Noguchi’s spirit of innovation, global consciousness, and East-West exchange,” according to a press release. The awards will be given out during the museum’s annual spring benefit on May 10, 2016.

Ando is known for his minimalist concrete buildings, the result of an education in both Japanese architecture and modern Western architecture. Zimmerman, who began her career as a painter and photographer, designs large-scale plazas and sculpture gardens out of stone.

Tadao Ando. ©KINJI KANNO

Tadao Ando.


Jenny Dixon, director of the Noguchi Museum in Queens, New York, said in a statement:

“With the Isamu Noguchi Award, the Museum honors the enduring links between the work of Isamu Noguchi and the many artists and designers he continues to inspire. We are thrilled to present this year’s Isamu Noguchi Award to architect Tadao Ando and artist Elyn Zimmerman, whose approach to their profound and beautiful work shares much with Noguchi’s.”


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