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Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b.1929)
LOT ID: 78218
Pumpkin (White T), 1992

Screenprint, Color Silkscreen on paper
32.87 х 27.75 in. (83.49 x 70.48 cm.)
Signed, numberedand dated, front lower margins in graphite by the artist.
Edition 20 of 120
Foundry/Publisher Tokuzo Okabe, prntr
Lot description
"Pumpkin (White T)" (1992) is an exciting and highly sought-after silkscreen in colors by famous avante-garde Japanese female artist Yayoi Kusama (Japan, b. 1929).The combination here of two of Kusama's most iconic subject matters–her "infinity net" pattern and her "polka-dotted pumpkin"—makes this print an important work that visually and thematically encapsulates her oeuvre. Kusama’s polka-dot pattern has become her trademark. The pumpkin is her most repeated and iconic representational image, that Kusama has created in hundreds of paintings, works on paper, prints and sculptures, always covered in polka-dots. This print is edition 20 of 120, in excellent condition, loose as issued and measures 32.87 x 27.75 inches (83.5 x 70.50 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 in 1929 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) and most recently The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY held a major retrospective of her work in 2012. The artist lives and works in Tokyo, Japan.
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.
Pumpkin (White T) by Yayoi Kusama
  • Pumpkin (White T) by Yayoi Kusama
  • Pumpkin (White T) by Yayoi Kusama
  • Pumpkin (White T) by Yayoi Kusama
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