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Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b.1929)
LOT ID: 77753
Flowers (3), 1985

Lithograph, color print on paper
24.02 х 21.06 in. (61.01 x 53.49 cm.)
Signed, numbered and dated on the front lower margins.
Print/Casting Year 1985
Edition 54/100
Lot description
"Flowers (3)" (1985) is an exciting and highly sought-after print in colors by famous avante-garde Japanese female artist Yayoi Kusama (Japan, b. 1929). The combination here of three of Kusama's most iconic subjects–her "infinity nets" pattern, "polka-dots" and "flowers"—makes this print a seminal work that visually and thematically encapsulates her entire oeuvre. This work is an edition 54 of 100, measures 24.02 x 21.06 inches (61 x 53.5 cm), and is professionally and is archivally framed to larger dimensions floated in a beautiful white wooden framed to larger dimensions (see images).

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 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
Flowers (3) by Yayoi Kusama
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