19.7 х 25.6 in. cm.
Signed, and numbered by the artist.
"Chapeau" (2000) is a screen-print with diamond dust by famous Japanese female avant garde painter, sculptor, filmmaker, and performer Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929) and comes from her "L’Amour Pour Toujours" portfolio. This print combines Kusama's most iconic patterns: Infinity nets, polka-dots and pieces of clothing, most typically hats, dresses and shoes. The central image here of a large brimmed red and white polka dotted hat is self-referential for Kusama, as she often wore her own iconic red and white polka-dotted large brimmed sun hat, as documented in video and photography of her performance works organized in the 1960's and 70's in New York City. This print is from an edition of 60, is loose as issued and in excellent condition, measuring 19.70 x 25.60 inches (50 x 65 cm).
Yayoi Kusama is best known for her works featuring repeating motifs and psychedelic imagery that evoke themes of psychology, feminism, obsession, sex, creation, destruction, and intense self-reflection. Kusama was born in Matsumoto City, Japan and began painting at the age of ten, as a means of escaping a childhood of neglect and expressing her early experiences with hallucinogenic visions. These apparitions consisted of dots and patterns enveloping her surroundings, suggesting issues of mental illness which have continued to strongly influence her work. For her oeuvre, Kusama has received numerous awards and honors, including the 1996 International Art Critic Association Prize, the 2000 Education Minister’s Art Encouragement Prize & Foreign Minister’s Commendations, and the 2003 Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Her work has been widely exhibited in major museums and galleries throughout the world, and has recently been the subject of solo shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2012); Opera Gallery, Hong Kong, China (2012); Tate Modern, London, England (2012); the National Museum of Art Osaka, Osaka, Japan (2012); Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2011); Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia (2011); and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain (2011). Selected Public Collections:Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea