LOT 64 | Auction XXXV

LOT 64


B. Japan, 1929

Pumpkins (2)

Each with stamped artist name and copyright on the underside, published by Benesse Holdings, Inc., Japan. Comes with original yellow and red boxes. (2)

Painted cast resin multiples

Each height 10.2 cm

Provenance Private Collection, USA

RM 5,000 – RM 9,000


Yayoi Kusama was raised in Matsumoto and trained at the Kyoto School of Arts and Craft. The focus of her studies was the traditional Japanese painting style called Nihonga. When she moved to New York City in 1958, she became part of the New York pop art movement. Her works are primarily in the form of sculptures and installations, but she also actively in paints, writes, and explores various forms of art. Often, her work showcases some attributes of feminism, minimalism, surrealism, Art Brut, pop art, and abstract expressionism, and is infused with autobiographical, psychological, and sexual content. She has been acknowledged as one of the most important living artists to come out of Japan.

The artist has a keen obsession with dots due and floral motifs, the aftermath of her childhood hallucinations. She sees dots as the epicentre of the universe and intends to bring people back to the nature of the universe.