YAYOI KUSAMA - Red Coloured Pumpkin (Signed and Framed), 1994
YAYOI KUSAMA (b.1929)
Red Coloured Pumpkin (Signed and Framed), 1994
Screenprint [3 screens, 2 colours, 3 runs]
Image size: 45.5 by 52.5 cm ; 17 15/16 by 20 11/16 in
Sheet size: 55 by 63.5 cm ; 21 5/8 by 25 in
Executed in 1994, this work is numbered 31/98 from an edition of 98 plus 9 artist's proofs and 5 printer's proofs. Printed by Okabe Tokuzo, Japan.
Hand-signed by the artist; signed, tilted, dated 1994 and numbered 31/98 on the lower bottom.
Borobudur Fine Art Auction, Singapore, Asian Contemporary and Modern Art, 23 Oct 2011, Lot 527
Yayoi Kusama Prints 1979-2017, Tokyo, 2019, no. 189, p. 116 (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.