Image size: 45.5 by 38 cm; 17 15/16 by 14 15/16 in
Sheet size: 65 by 50 cm; 25 9/16 by 19 11/16 in
Framed size: 75.3 by 63.5 by 2.3 cm; 29 5/8 by 25 by 15/16 in
Executed in 2000, this work is a hors commerce from an edition of 60 plus 13 hors commerces and 5 artist's proofs.
Hand-signed by the artist, signed and inscribed "H.C." lower right and lower left respectively.
Private Collection, UK
Yayoi Kusama Prints 1979-2017, Tokyo, 2019, no. 290, p. 172 (another example illustrated)
Celebrated as one of the most influential living artists, Yayoi Kusama is renowned for her installations, sculptures, and paintings. Born in 1929 in Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan, Kusama began painting pumpkins and creating artwork to express her hallucinations at a young age, which would later shape her career. In 1958, after moving to Seattle, she moved to New York City where she became friends with artists Donald Judd and Joseph Cornell. It was during this time that Infinity Nets paintings, intricate webs and repetitive brushstrokes were developed. Through organising and participating in a series of happenings and Pop performances, Kusama rose to prominence in the 1960s. Although she returned to Japan since the early 1970s due to the status of her mental health, she continued to create art in the hospital and later returned to the scene at the 1993 Venice Biennale. In 2021, Kusama’s acrylic on canvas Pumpkin (LPASG) (2013) has broken her previous records with HK $62.5 million (US $8 million) at Christie’s auction.
Kusama's work is in the collections of museums throughout the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix; Tate Modern, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT; and the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. In October 2006, Kusama became the first Japanese woman to receive the Praemium Imperiale, one of Japan's highest honours for internationally recognized artists.
Kusama has been suffering from mental disorders throughout her life, the “soul” is like an old friend whom she has revisited over and over for many years in the process of finding her true self and inner peace. According to Kusama, the recurring subject of “pumpkin” in her works has always acted as a home to her soul and provide her with great comfort and calmness against the mental chaos.
Titled “Tulipe (I)”, this is a limited-edition hors commerce print by Yayoi Kusama in 2000 from the Amour pour Toujours series, executed with a limited-edition of 60, plus 5 artist's proofs and 13 hors commerces. It is hand-signed by the artist on the lower right; titled, dated 2000 and inscribed ‘H.C.’ on the lower left. In excellent condition, this work was published in “Yayoi Kusama: Prints 1979-2017” by ABE Publishing Ltd, Tokyo, Japan. With the diamond dust scattered over the beautifully silhouette of a tulipe, this work dazzles the viewers’ eyes and impresses them with a force of nature that seems to rise from the dark.
*HC – Hors Commerce (translated to ‘out of trade’, in English)
Translated from French as ‘not to sell’ or ‘out of trade’, a Hors Commerce (HC) print proof is an impression that is typically not for sale. Usually reserved for the publisher, HC prints are often gifted by the artist. The rarest of all the types of editions, HC prints are considered the most valuable.
《鬱金香（I）》是草間彌生於2000年創作、Amour pour Toujours系列其中一件絲網及亮粉印刷限量版畫，共有60版，另加5件藝術家試版和13件hors commerces。右下角有藝術家親筆簽名，而左下方包括作品標題、年份，並寫有“H.C.”字樣，作品保存完好。2017年，此作更由日本東京阿部出版株式會社出版於《草間彌生：全版圖1979-2017》。從作品可見，閃粉層次地印於在鬱金香優美的輪廓上，讓觀者產生眼花繚亂的強烈視感，更彷彿呈現了一股強大的自然生命力，從黑暗中緩緩上升。