synthetic resin, painted
9 x 9,5 x 8 cm (3 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 3 1/8 in.)
signed and numbered 20/30 on the underside with signed and inscribed original wooden box edition of 30
Yayoi Kusama is one of the most important and fascinating contemporary artists. Her artistic output, which includes installations, environments, performances, painting and sculpture, spans more than eight decades. Although it has links to Surrealism, Minimal Art and Pop Art, its uniqueness and subjectivity defy classification.
"Yellow Pumpkin" from 1998, executed in a small edition of only 30 copies, is a sculpture of a small-format yellow pumpkin, connected with the dot pattern that characterises Kusama's art, formed here by indentations in the sculpture. The pumpkin as an artistic subject is considered one of the trademarks of Kusama, who is now 92 years old. In connection with the dot pattern, it can be found in her paintings and sculptures as well as in her impressive room installations. Kusama created her first room installation with pumpkins in 1991 with the "Mirror Room (Pumpkin)", which was also exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1993. With the "Infinity Mirrored Room - All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumkins" in 2016, Kusama again refers to the significance of this vegetable for her personal life and to its symbolism in her work.