b. 1929, Japan

Yayoi Kusama Artworks

Yayoi Kusama is recognised as one of the most important female artists of the contemporary art world.

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Early ArtWork

In 1958, Yayoi Kusama moved to New York, where she found herself in the thick of the avantgarde movements of the time. Surrounded by Minimalism and Pop art and incorporating elements of both into her work, the artist's critical acclaim is pinned to the 'Infinity Net' series (1958–ongoing) that she began at this time: canvases engulfed by hundreds or thousands of small, colourful loops of paint.

Accumulation

Yayoi Kusama's artwork has often referred to repetition of form as offering her solace from the traumas she has battled with since her youth. 'Accumulation' comprises soft sculptures made of found furniture covered in sewn, white penis forms. As a young girl, the artist recalls that her mother would ask her to spy on her father and she has referred to the frequently incorporated phallic forms in her work, as seen in her 'Accumulation' series, begun in 1962, as an act of reconciliation with her childhood fears regarding what she might see. '

Later, the artist would fill entire rooms with these soft forms, such as Compulsion Furniture (Accumulation) (c 1964): a room filled with phallus-covered furniture.

Infinity Mirror Rooms

The installations that Kusama created in the 1960s were precursors to her best-known infinity rooms of today.

In 1965, mirrors first appeared in Yayoi Kusama's work Infinity Mirror Room—Phalli's Field (1965), in which the floor of a square, mirrored room was covered in a layer of white, stuffed phalluses dotted in red.

In recent years, the artist's repetitive dot motifs have spawned a set of infinity mirror-room exhibitions internationally, including Yayoi Kusama: Infinite Obsession, whose worldwide tour reached the biggest global audience for an art exhibition in 2015.

In 2017, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC debuted another touring exhibition titled Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror. Two-hour queueing times did not dampen the enthusiasm of thousands of visitors, who were granted a brief half-minute slot of solitude within the infinity mirror rooms.

Public Sculpture

Yayoi Kusama's sculptures occupy numerous sites across the world.

In August 2021, her yellow-and-black Pumpkin (1994) was swept away from its spot in Naoshima, Japan, by Typhoon Lupit.

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Fire (3) by Yayoi Kusama contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Yayoi Kusama Fire (3), 1952 Gouache and pastel on paper
27.7 x 20.3 cm
Stern Pissarro Gallery Contact Gallery
Flash Towards the 21st Century by Yayoi Kusama contemporary artwork painting
Yayoi Kusama Flash Towards the 21st Century, 1988 Acrylic on canvas
65.2 x 53 cm
Galerie Thomas Contact Gallery
Kusama Pumpkins by Yayoi Kusama contemporary artwork sculpture
Yayoi Kusama Kusama Pumpkins, 2015 Resin
Dellasposa Gallery Contact Gallery
Kusama Pumpkins by Yayoi Kusama contemporary artwork sculpture
Yayoi Kusama Kusama Pumpkins, 2015 Resin
Dellasposa Gallery Contact Gallery
Sex Obsession (Phallic Silvershoe) by Yayoi Kusama contemporary artwork works on paper, sculpture
Yayoi Kusama Sex Obsession (Phallic Silvershoe), 1966 Shoe, fabric, silver and bronze paint
25 x 30 x 15 cm
Galerie Thomas Contact Gallery
Dots-Obsession by Yayoi Kusama contemporary artwork painting
Yayoi Kusama Dots-Obsession, 2005 Acrylic on canvas
41 x 32 cm
Stern Pissarro Gallery Contact Gallery
INFINITY NETS [JMSER] by Yayoi Kusama contemporary artwork painting
Yayoi Kusama INFINITY NETS [JMSER], 2018 Acrylic on canvas
100 x 100 cm
Victoria Miro Enquire
Infinity Nets [TRFOEYA] by Yayoi Kusama contemporary artwork painting
Yayoi Kusama Infinity Nets [TRFOEYA], 2017 Acrylic on canvas
100 x 100 cm
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Night Flowers (B) by Yayoi Kusama contemporary artwork print
Yayoi Kusama Night Flowers (B), 2003 Screenprint
28 x 65.9 cm
SILVERLENS Contact Gallery
Night Flowers by Yayoi Kusama contemporary artwork print
Yayoi Kusama Night Flowers, 2003 Screenprint
28 x 65.9 cm
SILVERLENS Contact Gallery
On Hearing the Sunset Afterglow's Message of Love, My Heart Shed Tears by Yayoi Kusama contemporary artwork painting
Yayoi Kusama On Hearing the Sunset Afterglow's Message of Love, My Heart Shed Tears, 2021 Acrylic on canvas
130.3 x 130.3 cm
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Victoria Miro
Longing for the Universe That Has Scattered So Many Hopes by Yayoi Kusama contemporary artwork painting
Yayoi Kusama Longing for the Universe That Has Scattered So Many Hopes, 2019 Acrylic on canvas
100 x 100 cm
Not for sale
Victoria Miro
An Offering From My Heart to Michelle Obama by Yayoi Kusama contemporary artwork painting
Yayoi Kusama An Offering From My Heart to Michelle Obama, 2020 Acrylic on canvas
100 x 100 cm
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Victoria Miro
PUMPKIN (TUXEW) by Yayoi Kusama contemporary artwork painting
Yayoi Kusama PUMPKIN (TUXEW), 2021 Acrylic on canvas
100 x 100 cm
Not for sale
Victoria Miro
The Galaxy by Yayoi Kusama contemporary artwork painting
Yayoi Kusama The Galaxy, 1994 Acrylic on canvas
116.7 x 91 cm
LGDR Enquire
No. 273 Fruit Basket by Yayoi Kusama contemporary artwork print
Yayoi Kusama No. 273 Fruit Basket, 1999 Screenprint (4 screens, 4 colours, 5 runs), Lamé
45 x 54 cm
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Gin Huang Gallery
High Heel by Yayoi Kusama contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Yayoi Kusama High Heel, 1979 Water-based pen on paper
27.3 x 24.3 cm
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Gin Huang Gallery
Mt. Fuji of my heart speaks by Yayoi Kusama contemporary artwork print
Yayoi Kusama Mt. Fuji of my heart speaks, 2014 Polychrome woodblock print
51.7 x 35.7 cm
Asia Art Archive
Nets 24 by Yayoi Kusama contemporary artwork painting
Yayoi Kusama Nets 24, 1997 Acrylic on canvas
45.5 x 53 cm
Whitestone Gallery Contact Gallery
Butterflies by Yayoi Kusama contemporary artwork painting, print
Yayoi Kusama Butterflies, 1989 Screenprint on paper
53.4 x 60.8 cm
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Gin Huang Gallery
Ladder To Heaven by Yayoi Kusama contemporary artwork sculpture
Yayoi Kusama Ladder To Heaven, 2019 Steel, LED lights, mirrored glass, honeycomb aluminium, and plastic
391.2 x 149.9 cm
David Zwirner
INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM - DANCING LIGHTSTHAT FLEW UP TO THE UNIVERSE by Yayoi Kusama contemporary artwork installation
Yayoi Kusama INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM - DANCING LIGHTS THAT FLEW UP TO THE UNIVERSE, 2019 Mirrored glass, wood, LED lighting system, metal, and acrylic panel
288.6 x 415.3 x 415.6 cm
David Zwirner
Pumpkin by Yayoi Kusama contemporary artwork sculpture
Yayoi Kusama Pumpkin, 2019 Fibreglass reinforced plastic, stainless steel, and urethane paint
124 x 127 x 133 cm
David Zwirner
INFINITY-NETS OCBTIR by Yayoi Kusama contemporary artwork painting
Yayoi Kusama INFINITY-NETS OCBTIR, 2007 Acrylic on Canvas
162 x 130 x 3 cm
Whitestone Gallery Contact Gallery
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