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Yayoi Kusama

Japanese, b. Matsumoto, 1929

 

—Pumpkin —

 
Yayoi Kusama Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 20, 2017
1. Yayoi Kusama Marker
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Yayoi Kusama
Japanese, b. Matsumoto, 1929

Pumpkin
2016
Fiber-reinforced plastic
Collection of the artist

For Yayoi Kusama pumpkins represent a source of radiant energy. They are, perhaps, the artist's most beloved motif, appearing in painting, drawings, sculptures, and some of her most important installations. Both endearing and grotesque, the giant gourds have been a source of inspiration for Kusama since her childhood, when she was surrounded by her family's seed nursery in prewar Japan. In one of her autobiographical poems, she writes, "Pumpkins bring about poetic peace in my mind. Pumpkins talk to me."

The work seen here is on view in conjunction with Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors (February 23-May 14, 2017), an exhibition that traces the artist's iconic Infinity Mirror Rooms over fie decades. This landmark show aims to reveal the ways in which the installations developed from a strategy of "self-obliteration" during the Vietnam War to a means of social harmony in the present. Each Infinity Mirror Room is presented alongside other key artworks, including a selection of the Kusama's most recent large-scale paintings and soft sculptures.

Visit Hirshhorn.si.edu/InfiniteKusama to learn more.
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Yayoi Kusama Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 20, 2017
2. Yayoi Kusama Marker
2017.
 
Location. 38° 53.288′ N, 77° 1.349′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from 7th Street Southwest 0.1 miles north of Independence Avenue SW. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20597, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to the Hirshhorn Museum's Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); First International Manned Space Mission (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Welcome to the Hirshhorn Museum's Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Welcome to the Hirshhorn Museum's Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); Yoko Ono (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to the Hirshhorn Museum's Sculpture Garden (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Uranus (about 300 feet away); 320th Bomb Group (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
 
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Yayoi Kusama Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 20, 2017
3. Yayoi Kusama Marker
 
 
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