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Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b.1929)
LOT ID: 74040
Lemon Squash (2), 1999

Screenprint, color screenprint and lamé
27.55 х 23.23 in. (69.98 x 59 cm.)
Signed, inscribed, dated and numbered lower front margins in graphite by the artist.
Print/Casting Year 1999
Edition 46/60
Foundry/Publisher Tokuzo Okabe, printer
Lot description
"Lemon Squash (2)" (1999) is an exciting and highly sought-after silkscreen with lamé print in colors by famous Avant-Garde Japanese female artist Yayoi Kusama (Japan, b. 1929). The celebratory and colorful combination here of three of Kusama's iconic subjects–her "infinity nets" pattern, her "polka-dots" and her repeated tall glasses of beverage with lemon wedge—makes this print an important work that visually and thematically encapsulates her oeuvre. The addition of lamé to the background of the print literally makes this work sparkle, a reference to the metallic spray paint the artist often incorporates into her paintings and sculptures. "Lemon Squash (2)" is edition 46/60, with unframed dimensions of 27.55 x 23.23 inches (70 x 59 cm) and in excellent condition.

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 a retrospective exhibition 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.
Lemon Squash (2) by Yayoi Kusama
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