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Kusama Red and White Pumpkin (Yayoi Kusama pumpkin)
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Yayoi Kusama Pumpkin: Red and White: An iconic, vibrantly colored pop art piece - this small Kusama pumpkin sculpture features the universal polka dot patterns and bold colors for wh...
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2010s Abstract Figurative Sculptures

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Resin

Naoshima Red Pumpkin. Resin Sculpture by Yayoi Kusama
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Hong Kong, HK
Yayoi Kusama Cast resin multiple sculpture painted in colors, 2019, with the artist's stamped signature and title on the underside, from a limited edition of undisclosed size, publis...
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2010s Contemporary Still-life Sculptures

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Resin

Naoshima Yellow Pumpkin. Resin Sculpture by Yayoi Kusama
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Hong Kong, HK
Cast resin multiple painted in colors, 2016, with the artist's stamped signature and title on the underside, from a limited edition of undisclosed size, published by Benesse Holdings...
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2010s Still-life Sculptures

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Resin

Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin Cast Resin Figure in Yellow, 2015
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in London, GB
Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin Cast Resin Figure in Yellow, 2015 Lacquer-painted cast resin figure. Stamped with the artist’s name on the underside. Comes in the original box, never opened. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Conceptual Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Lacquer, Paint

Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin Cast Resin Figure in Red, 2019
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in London, GB
Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin Cast Resin Figure in Red, 2019 Lacquer-painted cast resin figure. Stamped with the artist’s name on the underside. Sold in the original box, never opened. 3.5 ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Conceptual Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Lacquer, Paint

Pumpkin (Yellow & Black), Painted Cast Resin Sculpture, Yayoi Kusama
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
YAYOI KUSAMA (1929 - ) Artist and writer known for exploring a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, collage, performance art and environmental installations. She is consi...
Category

2010s Pop Art Abstract Paintings

Materials

Resin

Pumpkin (Yellow & Black), Painted Cast Resin Sculpture, Yayoi Kusama
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
YAYOI KUSAMA (1929 - ) Artist and writer known for exploring a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, collage, performance art and environmental installations. She is consi...
Category

2010s Pop Art Abstract Paintings

Materials

Resin

Pumpkin (Red & White), Painted Cast Resin Sculpture, Yayoi Kusama
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
YAYOI KUSAMA (1929 - ) Artist and writer known for exploring a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, collage, performance art and environmental installations. She is consi...
Category

2010s Pop Art Still-life Sculptures

Materials

Resin

Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin Cast Resin Figure in Red, 2019
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in London, GB
Yayoi Kusama X Benesse Art Site Naoshima Red Pumpkin, 2019 Painted cast resin 3-1/2 x 5-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches (8.9 x 14 x 14 cm) Limited Edition Stamped on the underside with artist's c...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Conceptual Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Lacquer, Paint

Pumpkin (Red & White), Painted Cast Resin Sculpture, Yayoi Kusama
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
YAYOI KUSAMA (1929 - ) Artist and writer known for exploring a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, collage, performance art and environmental installations. She is consi...
Category

2010s Pop Art Still-life Sculptures

Materials

Resin

Pumpkin (Yellow & Black), Painted Cast Resin Sculpture, Yayoi Kusama
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
YAYOI KUSAMA (1929 - ) Artist and writer known for exploring a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, collage, performance art and environmental installations. She is consi...
Category

2010s Pop Art Abstract Paintings

Materials

Resin

Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin Cast Resin Figure in Yellow, 2015
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in London, GB
Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin Cast Resin Figure in Yellow, 2015 Lacquer-painted cast resin figure. Stamped with the artist’s name on the underside. Comes in the original box, never opened. ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Conceptual Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Lacquer, Paint

Pumpkin (Red & White), Painted Cast Resin Sculpture, Yayoi Kusama
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
YAYOI KUSAMA (1929 - ) Artist and writer known for exploring a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, collage, performance art and environmental installations. She is consi...
Category

2010s Pop Art Still-life Sculptures

Materials

Resin

Pumpkin (Red & White), Painted Cast Resin Sculpture, Yayoi Kusama
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
YAYOI KUSAMA (1929 - ) Artist and writer known for exploring a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, collage, performance art and environmental installations. She is consi...
Category

2010s Pop Art Still-life Sculptures

Materials

Resin

Pumpkin (Yellow & Black), Painted Cast Resin Sculpture, Yayoi Kusama
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
YAYOI KUSAMA (1929 - ) Artist and writer known for exploring a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, collage, performance art and environmental installations. She is consi...
Category

2010s Pop Art Abstract Paintings

Materials

Resin

Pumpkin (Red & White), Painted Cast Resin Sculpture, Yayoi Kusama
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
YAYOI KUSAMA (1929 - ) Artist and writer known for exploring a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, collage, performance art and environmental installations. She is consi...
Category

2010s Pop Art Still-life Sculptures

Materials

Resin

Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin Cast Resin Figure in Red, 2015
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in London, GB
Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin Cast Resin Figure in Red, 2015 Lacquer-painted cast resin figure. Stamped with the artist’s name on the underside. Comes in the original box, never opened. W7....
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Lacquer, Paint

Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin Cast Resin Figure in Red, 2015
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in London, GB
Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin Cast Resin Figure in Red, 2015 Lacquer-painted cast resin figure. Stamped with the artist’s name on the underside. Comes in the original box, never opened. W7....
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Lacquer, Paint

Pumpkin (Yellow & Black), Painted Cast Resin Sculpture, Yayoi Kusama
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
YAYOI KUSAMA (1929 - ) Artist and writer known for exploring a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, collage, performance art and environmental installations. She is consi...
Category

2010s Pop Art Abstract Paintings

Materials

Resin

Pumpkin (Yellow & Black), Painted Cast Resin Sculpture, Yayoi Kusama
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
YAYOI KUSAMA (1929 - ) Artist and writer known for exploring a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, collage, performance art and environmental installations. She is consi...
Category

2010s Pop Art Abstract Paintings

Materials

Resin

Pumpkin (Yellow & Black), Painted Cast Resin Sculpture, Yayoi Kusama
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
YAYOI KUSAMA (1929 - ) Artist and writer known for exploring a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, collage, performance art and environmental installations. She is consi...
Category

2010s Pop Art Abstract Paintings

Materials

Resin

Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin Cast Resin Figure in Red, 2019
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in London, GB
Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin Cast Resin Figure in Red, 2019 Lacquer-painted cast resin figure. Stamped with the artist’s name on the underside. Sold in the original box, never opened. 3.5 ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Conceptual Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Lacquer, Paint

Pumpkin (Red & White), Painted Cast Resin Sculpture, Yayoi Kusama
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
YAYOI KUSAMA (1929 - ) Artist and writer known for exploring a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, collage, performance art and environmental installations. She is consi...
Category

2010s Pop Art Still-life Sculptures

Materials

Resin

Pumpkin (Red & White), Painted Cast Resin Sculpture, Yayoi Kusama
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
YAYOI KUSAMA (1929 - ) Artist and writer known for exploring a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, collage, performance art and environmental installations. She is consi...
Category

2010s Pop Art Still-life Sculptures

Materials

Resin

Pumpkin (Red & White), Painted Cast Resin Sculpture, Yayoi Kusama
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
YAYOI KUSAMA (1929 - ) Artist and writer known for exploring a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, collage, performance art and environmental installations. She is consi...
Category

2010s Pop Art Still-life Sculptures

Materials

Resin

Pumpkin (Red & White), Painted Cast Resin Sculpture, Yayoi Kusama
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
YAYOI KUSAMA (1929 - ) Artist and writer known for exploring a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, collage, performance art and environmental installations. She is consi...
Category

2010s Pop Art Still-life Sculptures

Materials

Resin

Pumpkin (Yellow & Black), Painted Cast Resin Sculpture, Yayoi Kusama
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
YAYOI KUSAMA (1929 - ) Artist and writer known for exploring a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, collage, performance art and environmental installations. She is consi...
Category

2010s Pop Art Abstract Paintings

Materials

Resin

Pumpkin (Yellow & Black), Painted Cast Resin Sculpture, Yayoi Kusama
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
YAYOI KUSAMA (1929 - ) Artist and writer known for exploring a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, collage, performance art and environmental installations. She is consi...
Category

2010s Pop Art Abstract Paintings

Materials

Resin

Pumpkin (Yellow & Black), Painted Cast Resin Sculpture, Yayoi Kusama
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
YAYOI KUSAMA (1929 - ) Artist and writer known for exploring a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, collage, performance art and environmental installations. She is consi...
Category

2010s Pop Art Abstract Paintings

Materials

Resin

Yayoi Kusama, 'Naoshima’ Red Pumpkin, Pop Art Resin Sculpture, 2019
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in New York, NY
The ’Naoshima’ Red Pumpkin is a painted lacquer resin abstract sculpture and art object by legendary contemporary Artist, Yayoi Kusama. Created in 2019, the polka-dotted piece is a q...
Category

2010s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Lacquer, Acrylic

Pumpkin Objects (Pair White & Yellow) -- Sculptures, multiples by Yayoi Kusama
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in London, GB
YAYOI KUSAMA Pumpkin Object (White) & Pumpkin Object (Yellow), 2016 The set of two painted cast resin multiples Each stamped on the base Accompanied by the original boxes Diameter:...
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2010s Contemporary Still-life Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Paint

Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin Cast Resin Figure in Red & Yellow, Set of 2, 2015
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in London, GB
Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin Cast Resin Figure in Red & Yellow, Set of 2, 2015 Set of 2 (1 x red, 1 x yellow) lacquer-painted cast resin figures. Both are stamped with the artist’s name on...
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21st Century and Contemporary Conceptual Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Lacquer, Paint

Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin Cast Resin Figure in Red & Yellow, Set of 2, 2015
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in London, GB
Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin Cast Resin Figure in Red & Yellow, Set of 2, 2015 Set of 2 (1 x red, 1 x yellow) lacquer-painted cast resin figures. Both are stamped with the artist’s name on...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Conceptual Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Lacquer, Paint

Fireflies (1999). Screenprint. Limited Edition 26/100 by Yayoi Kusama (ABE 250)
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Hong Kong, HK
Yayoi Kusama Fireflies (1999). Edition 26/100 Screenprint [14 screens, 14 colors, 14 runs] 59.7 x 47.7 cm [23 ¹/₂ x 18 ²⁵/₃₂ in] (image) 76.3 x 56.8 cm [30 ³/₆₄ x 22 ²³/₆₄ in] (sh...
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1990s Pop Art Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

2015 After Yayoi Kusama 'Guidepost to the New Space' Contemporary Denmark
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 33.5 x 24.5 inches ( 85.09 x 62.23 cm ) Image Size: 33.5 x 24.5 inches ( 85.09 x 62.23 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A-: Near Mint, very light signs of handling Additi...
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2010s Prints and Multiples

Materials

Offset

Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin Cast Resin Figure in Red & Yellow, Set of 2, 2015
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in London, GB
Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin Cast Resin Figure in Red & Yellow, Set of 2, 2015 Set of 2 (1 x red, 1 x yellow) lacquer-painted cast resin figures. Both are stamped with the artist’s name on...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Conceptual Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Lacquer, Paint

Strawberry 2. Bronze Sculpture by Yayoi Kusama (1974/94) Limited Edition of 30
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Hong Kong, HK
Lacquered bronze sculpture by Yayoi Kusama. Original mould executed in 1974; casted in 1994. This work is number 20 from a limited edition of 30 plus 1 artist's proof. Incised with ...
Category

1990s Contemporary Still-life Sculptures

Materials

Bronze

High Heels Silver. Ceramic Sculptures (2) by Yayoi Kusama. Limited Edition of 30
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Hong Kong, HK
Ceramic sculptures by Yayoi Kusama. 2 sculptures of dimensions: 27 x 7 x 17 cm each. Executed in 2015. This work is number 3 from a limited edition of 30. Incised with the artist's ...
Category

2010s Contemporary Still-life Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

The Endless Life of People, Offset Lithograph Print, 2010 by Yayoi Kusama
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in London, GB
The Endless Life of People, Offset Lithograph Print, 2010. Offset Lithograph Print. Unknown edition. 40.6 x 40.6 cm Excellent condition. Stamped text on reverse with artists printe...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Prints and Multiples

Materials

Lithograph, Offset

Shoe. Bronze Sculpture by Yayoi Kusama. Limited Edition of 30 (1976/94)
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Hong Kong, HK
Painted bronze sculpture by Yayoi Kusama. Original mould executed in 1976; casted in 1994. This work is number 12 from a limited edition of 30. Incised with the artist's signature an...
Category

1990s Contemporary Still-life Sculptures

Materials

Bronze

Strawberry 1. Bronze Sculpture by Yayoi Kusama (1974/93) Limited Edition of 30
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Hong Kong, HK
Lacquered bronze sculpture by Yayoi Kusama. Original mould executed in 1974; casted in 1993. This work is number 9 from a limited edition of 30 plus 1 artist's proof. Incised with t...
Category

1990s Contemporary Still-life Sculptures

Materials

Bronze

Yayoi Kusama, 'Pumpkin' Set of Two, White/Red and Yellow/Black, Sculpture, 2016
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in New York, NY
The ’Pumpkin' Set of Two sculptures are polka-dotted painted lacquer resin collectible art objects by the legendary contemporary Artist, Yayoi Kusama. Created in 2016, the polka-dot ...
Category

2010s Pop Art Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Resin, Lacquer, Acrylic

2012 Louis Vuitton Limited Edition Yayoi Kusama Papillon bag
By Yayoi Kusama, Louis Vuitton
Located in Capri, IT
Louis Vuitton Limited Edition Yayoi Kusama Papillon bag Yayoi Kusama is known in the art world for her obsession with dots. Artistic Director Marc Jacobs approached Kusama to design...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Kusama Plush Pumpkin (Kusama red & white pumpkin)
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Yayoi Kusama Red & White Pumpkin (plush): An iconic, vibrantly colored pop art piece - this large Kusama plush pumpkin features the universal polka dot patterns and bold colors for w...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Sculptures

Materials

Nylon

Kusama Plush Pumpkin (Kusama yellow & black pumpkin)
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Yayoi Kusama Yellow & Black Pumpkin (plush): An iconic, vibrantly colored pop art piece - this large Kusama plush pumpkin features the universal polka dot patterns and bold colors fo...
Category

1960s Pop Art Sculptures

Materials

Nylon

Kusama Plush Pumpkins: set of 2 (Kusama yellow & black pumpkin)
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Yayoi Kusama plush Pumpkin (set of 2 works): An iconic, vibrantly colored pop art piece - this large Kusama plush pumpkin features the universal polka dot patterns and bold colors fo...
Category

1960s Pop Art Sculptures

Materials

Nylon

Kusama Pumpkin (Yellow & Black)
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Yayoi Kusama Yellow Pumpkin: An iconic, vibrantly colored pop art piece - this small Kusama pumpkin sculpture features the universal polka dot patterns and bold colors for which the...
Category

1960s Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Resin

Kusama Pumpkin (Yellow & Black)
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Yayoi Kusama Yellow Pumpkin: An iconic, vibrantly colored pop art piece - this small Kusama pumpkin sculpture features the universal polka dot patterns and bold colors for which the...
Category

1960s Pop Art Sculptures

Materials

Resin

Kusama Pumpkin (Yellow & Black)
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Yayoi Kusama Yellow Pumpkin: An iconic, vibrantly colored pop art piece - this small Kusama pumpkin sculpture features the universal polka dot patterns and bold colors for which the...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Resin

Kusama Pumpkins (Set of Two)
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Yayoi Kusama Set of Two Pumpkins: Yellow and Black / Red and White: An iconic, vibrantly colored pop art set - these small Kusama pumpkin sculptures feature the universal polka dot p...
Category

1960s Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Resin

Kusama Large Plush Pumpkin (New)
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Yayoi Kusama Yellow & Black Pumpkin (plush): An iconic, vibrantly colored pop art piece - this large Kusama plush pumpkin features the universal polka dot patterns and bold colors fo...
Category

1960s Pop Art Sculptures

Materials

Nylon

Kusama Pumpkin Red and White
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Yayoi Kusama Pumpkin: Red and White: An iconic, vibrantly colored pop art piece - this small Kusama pumpkin sculpture features the universal polka dot patterns and bold colors for wh...
Category

2010s Pop Art Sculptures

Materials

Resin

New Contemporary Moroccan Polka Dot Orphism Style Rug Inspired by Yayoi Kusama
By Yayoi Kusama, Sonia Delaunay
Located in Dallas, TX
53441 New Contemporary Moroccan Polka Dot Orphism style rug inspired by Yayoi Kusama. Drawing inspiration from Yayoi Kusama and Sonia Delaunay, this hand knotted wool contemporary Mo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Turkish Space Age Turkish Rugs

Materials

Wool

Yayoi Kusama
By The Producer BDB
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
© The Producer BDB
Category

2010s Pop Art Mixed Media

Materials

Enamel

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H 24 in. W 24 in. D 1.5 in.
Kusama Pumpkins (Set of Two)
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Yayoi Kusama Set of Two Pumpkins: Yellow and Black / Red and White: An iconic, vibrantly colored pop art set - these small Kusama pumpkin sculptures feature the universal polka dot p...
Category

1960s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Resin

New Contemporary Berber Moroccan Rug Inspired by Yayoi Kusama Polka Dot Motifs
By Yayoi Kusama, Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
20788, new contemporary Berber Moroccan rug inspired by Yayoi Kusama Polka Dot Motifs. This gorgeous hand knotted wool contemporary Berber Moroccan rug features a playful all-over co...
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21st Century and Contemporary Moroccan Organic Modern Moroccan and North...

Materials

Wool

Yayoi Kusama Painting 2000-2015 (gold) 1/3
By Diane Rosenblum
Located in Napa, CA
From A Measure of Art Series, 2015
Category

2010s Contemporary Abstract Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Yayoi Kusama Painting 1989 - 2005 (red) 2/5
By Diane Rosenblum
Located in Napa, CA
Pigment Print on Canvas From A Measure of Art Series, 2006. Edition 2 of 5 & 2 Artist Proof
Category

2010s Contemporary Abstract Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

'Yayoi Kusama' - signed Limited Edition Oversize print (2013)
By Kevin Westenberg
Located in London, GB
'Yayoi Kusama' June 12 2013 Tokyo Personal Work (photo Kevin Westenberg) unframed signed and numbered by the artist. limited to an edition of 3 Printed 2020 This Size 60x40''...
Category

2010s Modern Portrait Photography

Materials

Color, Archival Pigment

Tribute to Yayoi Kusama, Pop Art, Limited Edition 1/30 signed
By Dajiù
Located in Paris, FR
Tribute to Yayoi Kusama, Pop Art, Limited Edition 1/30. The prints are supplied with their certificate of authenticity in a limited and numbered edition. Priestess of total, hypnoti...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Portrait Prints

Materials

Paper

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Kusama Yayoi For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact kusama yayoi you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. In our selection of items, you can find Pop Art examples as well as a Contemporary version. Making the right choice when shopping for a kusama yayoi may mean carefully reviewing examples of this item dating from different eras — you can find an early iteration of this piece from the 20th Century and a newer version made as recently as the 21st Century. If you’re looking to add a kusama yayoi to create new energy in an otherwise neutral space in your home, you can find a work on 1stDibs that features elements of beige, brown, orange, black and more. A kusama yayoi from Yayoi Kusama, Diane Rosenblum, Kevin Westenberg, Fred McDarrah and The Producer BDB — each of whom created distinctive versions of this kind of work — is worth considering. These artworks were handmade with extraordinary care, with artists most often working in organic material, resin and epoxy resin.

How Much is a Kusama Yayoi?

The price for a kusama yayoi in our collection starts at $70 and tops out at $185,000 with the average selling for $825.

Yayoi Kusama Biography and Important Works

Widely inspirational and innovative artist Yayoi Kusama has a body of work that is exceptionally varied, ranging from graphic prints and paintings to polka-dot pumpkin sculptures, hypnotic collages, large-scale installations and fashion design.

Even if you don’t know her name, you’ve likely experienced Kusama’s art — or have seen it on Instagram. Her soft sculptures and dazzling “Infinity Mirrors” are the stuff of selfie-takers’ dreams, but Kusama’s impressive decades-long career certainly holds far more cachet than it does fodder for today’s aspiring social-media influencers.

Born in Matsumoto, Japan, in 1929, Kusama has worked with her signature polka dots since the age of 10, when she began to experience vivid hallucinations and claimed that patterns and dots were moving around her, swallowing up everything in view. She started to incorporate them into her paintings as a child. Kusama saw circular forms and nets on every surface and became especially fascinated with the pebbles that lined the bottom of the creek near her childhood home. Her family was sternly opposed to her art and her mother physically abused Kusama and discouraged her at a very early age. She has suffered psychological turmoil her whole life and is vocal about her mental illness. Today, Kusama is a voluntary resident at a psychiatric facility in Tokyo, and she calls her work “art medicine.”

At the Kyoto School of Arts and Crafts, Kusama trained in Nihonga, a traditional style of Japanese painting that originated during the Meiji period. On advice she solicited from painter Georgia O'Keeffe, a pioneer of modernism in America whom she greatly admired, she subsequently moved to New York City in 1958. There, Kusama flourished, creating prescient sculptures and large-scale monochrome paintings that bridged current styles with minimalism, which hadn’t yet achieved any kind of prominence as an art movement. She pushed boundaries with her “Accumulations” series, which saw her transforming found furniture pieces into sexualized objects, as well as with an avant-garde staging of theatrical orgies on the street — both stemming from her anxieties about sex as well as an endeavor to make a feminist statement about patriarchal authority and sexism.

Kusama was captivated by Surrealists as well as the Abstract Expressionists and greatly influenced the Pop artists who followed, befriending such icons as Donald Judd — who called her work “the best paintings being done” — and Andy Warhol, with whom she exhibited and later accused of stealing her ideas. Kusama moved with ease through artistic circles and made a point to draw attention to her “otherness” as a Japanese woman by wearing kimonos to her openings.

In 2021, Kusama brought her floral and vegetal sculptures to the New York Botanical Garden and her works can be found in the collections of many of the world’s top museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo. She famously collaborated with Louis Vuitton in 2012, and she created a 34-foot-tall balloon for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan in 2019, becoming the first female artist to design a work for the event. In addition to her visual artwork, Kusama is a writer, publishing poetry, novels and an autobiography.

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