Yayoi Kusama


Today she is one of the most famous and adored artists around the world. Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929) is a Japanese artist who had an important early affiliation with Pop Art, exhibiting alongside artists such as Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenberg, and George Segal.

While in recent years Kusama’s work can be seen as decorative or simply abstract, her aesthetic is in fact highly introspective and the result of a  disturbing childhood. At a young age, Kusama was forced to witness her father's extramarital affairs, leaving her traumatized and suffering from hallucinations. 

Documenting her hallucinations as a form of self-therapy, Kusama became obsessed with reproducing the frightening visions with the goal of transforming them into something much more amusing. 

Overtaken by polka dots, pumpkins, and phallic-shaped objects, Kusama's works are provoked by simultaneous fear and compulsion that is present throughout her oeuvre. 

"Gertrude Stein Exhibition Poster" recalls Kusama's very first solo show in New York City entitled Aggregation: One Thousand Boats Show in 1963. The exhibition featured a rowboat and oars completely overwhelmed by stuffed phallic protrusions. Images of the boat were plastered around the surrounding walls in a series of repetitions. 

Designed by Kusama, this poster is a rare opportunity to collect a commemorative piece that honors the artist's seminal work in New York.

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"Gertrude Stein Exhibition Poster"

USA, 1963

Offset lithograph

Signed by artist

17.25"H 22.5"W (work)

Very good vintage condition

Note: slight fold in the top right corner

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