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Yayoi Kusama Art

Yayoi Kusama (Japan, b. 1929)

Widely inspirational and innovative artist Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929) has a body of work that is exceptionally varied, ranging from graphic prints and paintings to polka-dot pumpkin sculptures, 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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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...
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1960s Contemporary Yayoi Kusama Art

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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...
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1960s Pop Art Yayoi Kusama Art

Materials

Resin

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...
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1960s Pop Art Yayoi Kusama Art

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Resin

Red & Yellow Pumpkin (two sculptures)
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Yayoi Kusama (1929) Title: Pumpkins (Yellow & Black, Red & White) Year: circa 2013-2020 Medium: Painted Cast Resin Sculptures Size: 4.13 x 3.35 x 3.35 inches Condition: Excel...
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2010s Contemporary Yayoi Kusama Art

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Epoxy Resin

Yellow Pumpkin (Dot Obsession) - Original sculpture with original case
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Paris, FR
Yayoi Kusama Pumpkin yellow (Dots Obsession) These works are from an unnumbered edition Stamped with the artist's name '©YAYOI KUSAMA' (on the underside) lacquer-painted resin, with ...
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Late 20th Century Modern Yayoi Kusama Art

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Resin

A Pumpkin BB-C
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in New York, NY
2004 Screenprint in colors, on wove paper 13 x 15 1/3 in. (33 x 39 cm) Edition of 80 Signed, titled, dated and numbered in pencil, lower margin Framed, excellent condition
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Early 2000s Minimalist Yayoi Kusama Art

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Paper, Screen

Pumpkin (Yellow & Black)
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Yayoi Kusama (1929) Title: Pumpkin (Yellow & Black) Year: circa 2013-2020 Medium: Painted Cast Resin Sculpture Size: 4.13 x 3.35 x 3.35 inches Condition: Excellent Inscriptio...
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2010s Abstract Expressionist Yayoi Kusama Art

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Epoxy Resin

Autumn Rain by Yayoi Kusama
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in London, GB
Autumn Rain by Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929) Enamel and ink on paperboard 24.1 x 27.3 cm (9 ¹/₂ x 10 ³/₄ inches) Signed and dated, YAYOI KUSAMA 1978; signed, titled in Japenese and dated on...
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20th Century Contemporary Yayoi Kusama Art

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Enamel

Pumpkin (Yellow & Black)
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Yayoi Kusama (1929) Title: Pumpkin (Yellow & Black) Year: circa 2013-2020 Medium: Painted Cast Resin Sculpture Size: 4.13 x 3.35 x 3.35 inches Condition: Excellent Inscriptio...
Category

2010s Abstract Expressionist Yayoi Kusama Art

Materials

Epoxy Resin

Pumpkin (Red & White)
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Yayoi Kusama (1929) x MoMA Title: Pumpkin (Red & White) Year: circa 2013-2020 Medium: Painted Cast Resin Sculpture Size: 4.13 x 3.35 x 3.35 inches Condition: Excellent Inscri...
Category

2010s Abstract Expressionist Yayoi Kusama Art

Materials

Epoxy Resin

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

1960s Pop Art Yayoi Kusama Art

Materials

Resin

Fruit Basket (1)
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in New York, NY
1999 Screenprint in colors with lame, on wove paper Sheet: 23 5/8 x 26 5/8 in. Edition of 60 Signed, titled, dated and numbered in pencil, lower margin Framed
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1990s Pop Art Yayoi Kusama Art

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Paper, Screen

Yellow Colored Pumpkin
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in New York, NY
1994 Screenprint in colors, on wove paper Sheet: 21 5/8 x 25 in. Edition of 98 Signed, titled (in Japanese), dated and numbered in pencil, lower margin Framed
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1990s Pop Art Yayoi Kusama Art

Materials

Paper, Screen

A Pumpkin (RT)
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in New York, NY
2004 Screenprint in colors with lame, on wove paper Sheet: 17 7/8 x 15 in. Edition of 120 Signed, titled, dated and numbered in pencil, lower margin Framed
Category

Early 2000s Pop Art Yayoi Kusama Art

Materials

Paper, Screen

Pumpkin (RT)
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in New York, NY
1996 Screenprint in colors, on wove paper Sheet: 15 7/10 x 12 4/5 in. Edition of 120 Signed, titled (in Japanese), dated and numbered in pencil, lower margin Framed
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1990s Pop Art Yayoi Kusama Art

Materials

Screen, Paper

The Flowering Shinano Road
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in New York, NY
1999 Screenprint in colors, on Arches paper Sheet: 30 x 22 1/2 in. Edition of 100 Signed, titled (in Japanese), dated and numbered in pencil, lower margin Framed
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1990s Pop Art Yayoi Kusama Art

Materials

Paper, Screen

Yellow Colored Pumpkin
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in New York, NY
1994 Screenprint in colors, on wove paper Image: 17 7/8 x 20 5/8 in.; Sheet: 21 5/8 x 25 in. Edition of 98 Signed, titled, dated and numbered in pencil, lower margin Framed, pristine...
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1990s Pop Art Yayoi Kusama Art

Materials

Paper, Screen

Red Pumpkin (Dot Obsession Red) - Original sculpture with original case
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Paris, FR
Yayoi Kusama Pumpkin red (Dots Obsession Red) A pumpkin sculpture made of resin Signed under the base of the sculpture Diameter: 8 cm Height: 10.5 cm Presented in the original edito...
Category

Late 20th Century Modern Yayoi Kusama Art

Materials

Resin

Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929) Pumpkin - Naoshima, 2013 or later
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in New York, NY
Yayoi Kusama was born in Matsumoto City, Japan in 1929 where she studied Nihonga painting, a formal style conceived during the Meiji period (1868–1912) to combat the influence of Wes...
Category

2010s Abstract Yayoi Kusama Art

Materials

Resin, Acrylic

The Flowering Shinano Road
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in New York, NY
1999 Screenprint in colours, on Arches paper, with full margins. I. 59.5 x 47.5 cm (23 3/8 x 18 3/4 in.) S. 76.2 x 57 cm (30 x 22 1/2 in.) Signed, titled in Japanese, dated and numbe...
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1990s Pop Art Yayoi Kusama Art

Materials

Screen, Paper

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 Yayoi Kusama Art

Materials

Resin

Flowers (1)
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in New York, NY
1985 Screenprint in colors S. 21 x 24 1/10 in. (53.3 x 61.2 cm) Edition of 100 Signed, titled, dated and numbered in pencil, lower margin
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1980s Pop Art Yayoi Kusama Art

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Screen

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 Yayoi Kusama Art

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Resin, Paint

A Pumpkin (RT)
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in New York, NY
2004 Screenprint in colors with lame, the full sheet Sheet: 17 7/8 x 15 in. Edition of 120 Signed, titled, dated and numbered in pencil, lower margin Framed
Category

Early 2000s Minimalist Yayoi Kusama Art

Materials

Screen

Pumpkin 2000 (Red)
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in New York, NY
2000 Screenprint in colors, on Colorplan paper, with full margins Sheet: 18 7/8 x 25 1/4 in. Edition of 100 Signed, titled, dated and numbered in pencil
Category

Early 2000s Minimalist Yayoi Kusama Art

Materials

Screen

Small Red Dots Skateboard (Red & White)
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Yayoi Kusama (1929) Title: Small Red Dots Skateboard (Red & White) Year: circa 2013-2020 Medium: Silkscreen on 7-ply Maple Wood Size: 31 x 8 x 0.5 inches Condition: Excellent...
Category

2010s Abstract Expressionist Yayoi Kusama Art

Materials

Maple, Screen

Big Black Dots Skateboard (Yellow & Black)
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Yayoi Kusama (1929) Title: Big Black Dots Skateboard (Yellow & Black) Year: circa 2013-2020 Medium: Silkscreen on 7-ply Maple Wood Size: 31 x 8 x 0.5 inches Condition: Excell...
Category

2010s Abstract Expressionist Yayoi Kusama Art

Materials

Maple, Screen

Big Black Dots Skateboard (Yellow & Black)
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Yayoi Kusama (1929) Title: Big Black Dots Skateboard (Yellow & Black) Year: circa 2013-2020 Medium: Silkscreen on 7-ply Maple Wood Size: 31 x 8 x 0.5 inches Condition: Excell...
Category

2010s Abstract Expressionist Yayoi Kusama Art

Materials

Maple, Screen

Big Black Dots Skateboard (Yellow & Black)
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Yayoi Kusama (1929) Title: Big Black Dots Skateboard (Yellow & Black) Year: circa 2013-2020 Medium: Silkscreen on 7-ply Maple Wood Size: 31 x 8 x 0.5 inches Condition: Excell...
Category

2010s Abstract Expressionist Yayoi Kusama Art

Materials

Maple, Screen

Small Red Dots Skateboard (Red & White)
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Yayoi Kusama (1929) Title: Small Red Dots Skateboard (Red & White) Year: circa 2013-2020 Medium: Silkscreen on 7-ply Maple Wood Size: 31 x 8 x 0.5 inches Condition: Excellent...
Category

2010s Abstract Expressionist Yayoi Kusama Art

Materials

Maple, Screen

Small Black Dots Skateboard (Yellow & Black)
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Yayoi Kusama (1929) Title: Small Black Dots Skateboard (Yellow & Black) Year: circa 2013-2020 Medium: Silkscreen on 7-ply Maple Wood Size: 31 x 8 x 0.5 inches Condition: Exce...
Category

2010s Abstract Expressionist Yayoi Kusama Art

Materials

Maple, Screen

Small Black Dots Skateboard (Yellow & Black)
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Yayoi Kusama (1929) Title: Small Black Dots Skateboard (Yellow & Black) Year: circa 2013-2020 Medium: Silkscreen on 7-ply Maple Wood Size: 31 x 8 x 0.5 inches Condition: Exce...
Category

2010s Abstract Expressionist Yayoi Kusama Art

Materials

Screen, Maple

Small Black Dots Skateboard (Yellow & Black)
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Yayoi Kusama (1929) Title: Small Black Dots Skateboard (Yellow & Black) Year: circa 2013-2020 Medium: Silkscreen on 7-ply Maple Wood Size: 31 x 8 x 0.5 inches Condition: Exce...
Category

2010s Abstract Expressionist Yayoi Kusama Art

Materials

Maple, Screen

Pumpkin (YT)
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in New York, NY
1996 Screenprint in colors, on wove paper Sheet: 12 3/5 x 10 3/5 in. Edition of 120 Signed, titled (in Japanese), dated and numbered in pencil Framed
Category

1990s Minimalist Yayoi Kusama Art

Materials

Screen

A Pumpkin (T)
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in New York, NY
2003 Screenprint in colors, on wove paper Sheet: 17 9/10 x 15 in. Edition of 150 Signed, titled, dated and numbered in pencil Framed
Category

Early 2000s Minimalist Yayoi Kusama Art

Materials

Screen

Pumpkin
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in New York, NY
2000 Screenprint in colors and collage on wove paper Sheet: 10 3/5 x 8 3/10 in. Edition of 135 Signed, titled (in Japanese), dated and numbered in pencil Framed
Category

Early 2000s Minimalist Yayoi Kusama Art

Materials

Fabric, Screen

Pumpkin
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in New York, NY
2000 Screenprint and collage Sheet: 10 3/5 x 8 3/10 inches Edition of 135 Signed, titled, dated and numbered in pencil Framed, mint condition
Category

Early 2000s Minimalist Yayoi Kusama Art

Materials

Screen

Pumpkin
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in New York, NY
Screenprint and collage Sheet: 10 3/5 x 8 3/10 in. Edition of 135 Signed, titled, dated and numbered in pencil
Category

Early 2000s Pop Art Yayoi Kusama Art

Materials

Screen

Pumpkin (GT)
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in New York, NY
Screenprint in colors Sheet: 29 4/5 x 22 4/5 in. Edition of 120 Signed, titled, dated and numbered in pencil
Category

1990s Pop Art Yayoi Kusama Art

Materials

Screen

Pumpkin
By Yayoi Kusama
Located in New York, NY
2000 Screenprint in colors & collage 12 3/5 x 20 3/10 in. (32 x 51.5 cm) Edition of 135 Signed, dated, titled and numbered in pencil
Category

Early 2000s Pop Art Yayoi Kusama Art

Materials

Screen

Louis Vuitton Red Monogram Yayoi Kusama Neverfull MM Tote
By Louis Vuitton, Yayoi Kusama
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
This beauty is from Louis Vuitton's Yayoi Kusama Collection, crafted with vibrant red wave dots above the traditional LV monogram design, vachetta leather trim, straps and drawstring...
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2010s Yayoi Kusama Art

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