Yayoi Kusama, ‘Red Pumpkin (Artist Authorized)’, 2013, Alpha 137: Prints and Exhibition Ephemera
Yayoi Kusama, ‘Red Pumpkin (Artist Authorized)’, 2013, Alpha 137: Prints and Exhibition Ephemera
Yayoi Kusama, ‘Red Pumpkin (Artist Authorized)’, 2013, Alpha 137: Prints and Exhibition Ephemera

In Original Red Artist Authorized Gift Presentation Box.

This work was created under the direct supervision of the artist. Pumpkins have been one of Yayoi Kusama’s favorite subjects since the 1980s, recurring with such frequency as to function as a kind of avatar for the artist. In describing their personal significance, she has remained characteristically elusive, saying only, "I like the essential repetitive form of pumpkins…They're like everything else I do but at the same time very humorous.” In this miniature resin pumpkin, scaled down from one of her larger monumental public installations, the Pumpkin at Japan's Naoshima Island (also known as the "Art Island) in the Seto Inland Sea. Kusama employs her signature dot motif, applying the black dots in various sizes to suggest formal and tonal gradation. The pumpkin is a reoccurring motif in the work of iconic contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama, as are the lined dots that permeate a great number of her pieces. Enacted as a compulsive expression of infinity, Kusama’s dots have come define an entire era of her work. The artist first introduced her spotted gourds in the Japanese pavilion at the 1993 Venice Biennale, and has produced various manifestations since. This small black and yellow Pumpkin edition is made from painted resin and possesses the same rich, textured quality found in Kusama’s two-dimensional renderings.

The present work is from an unknown edition size. This particular piece is held in a limited edition, elegant box that was created in collaboration with the artist's studio. The box measures 4.8 x 5 x 4.5 inches. This work is in excellent condition.
--Courtesy of Alpha 137 Gallery

Signature: Yayoi Kusama's printed name and copyright on the base

Acquired directly from the artist's authorized representative in Naoshima, Japan

About Yayoi Kusama

Avant-garde Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama was an influential figure in the postwar New York art scene, staging provocative happenings and exhibiting works such as her “Infinity Nets”, hallucinatory paintings of loops and dots (and physical representations of the idea of infinity). Narcissus Garden, an installation of hundreds of mirrored balls, earned Kusama notoriety at the 1966 Venice Biennale, where she attempted to sell the individual spheres to passersby. Kusama counted Donald Judd and Eva Hesse among her close friends, and is often considered an influence on Andy Warhol and a precursor to Pop art. Since her return to Japan in the 1970s, Kusama's work has continued to appeal to the imagination and the senses, including dizzying walk-in installations, public sculptures, and the "Dots Obsessions" paintings.

Japanese, b. 1929, Matsumoto City, Japan, based in Tokyo, Japan