A detail of an acrylic painting on canvas by Yayoi Kusama, titled RED GOD, dated 2015.
Yayoi Kusama
A photograph of Yayoi Kusama by Gautier Deblonde, dated 2013.

Yayoi Kusama, 2013. Photo by Gautier Deblonde. ©⁠ YAYOI KUSAMA

Yayoi Kusama, 2013. Photo by Gautier Deblonde. ©⁠ YAYOI KUSAMA

Both sensory and utopian, Yayoi Kusama’s (b. 1929) work possesses a highly personal character, one that has connected profoundly with large audiences around the globe. Alluding at once to microscopic and macroscopic universes, her works merge concepts of flatness and depth, presence and absence, and beauty and the sublime.

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A painting by Yayoi Kusama, titled RED GOD, dated 2015.

Yayoi Kusama

RED GOD, 2015 
Acrylic on canvas
39 3/8 x 39 3/8 inches 
100 x 100 cm
A portrait of Yayoi Kusama at age ten.

Yayoi Kusama at around the age of ten, c. 1939. ©⁠ YAYOI KUSAMA

Yayoi Kusama at around the age of ten, c. 1939. ©⁠ YAYOI KUSAMA

“Pumpkins have been a great comfort to me since my childhood; they speak to me of the joy of living. They are humble and amusing at the same time, and I have and always will celebrate them in my art.” —⁠Yayoi Kusama

Installation view, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, dated 2017

Yayoi Kusama, All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, 2016. Installation view, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, 2017. Photo by Cathy Carver. ©⁠ YAYOI KUSAMA

Yayoi Kusama, All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, 2016. Installation view, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, 2017. Photo by Cathy Carver. ©⁠ YAYOI KUSAMA

Installation view of the exhibition, Yayoi Kusama: Dots Obsession - Alive, Seeking for Eternal Hope, at the Glass House, New Canaan, Connecticut, dated 2016.

Installation view, Yayoi Kusama: Dots Obsession - Alive, Seeking for Eternal Hope, The Glass House, New Canaan, Connecticut, 2016. Photo by Greg Smith. ©⁠ YAYOI KUSAMA

Installation view, Yayoi Kusama: Dots Obsession - Alive, Seeking for Eternal Hope, The Glass House, New Canaan, Connecticut, 2016. Photo by Greg Smith. ©⁠ YAYOI KUSAMA

“I love pumpkins because of their humorous form, warm feeling, and a human-like quality and form. My desire to create works of pumpkins still continues. I have enthusiasm as if I were still a child.” —⁠Yayoi Kusama

A detail of an acrylic painting on canvas by Yayoi Kusama, titled RED GOD, dated 2015.

Yayoi Kusama, RED GOD, 2015 (detail). ©⁠ YAYOI KUSAMA

Yayoi Kusama, RED GOD, 2015 (detail). ©⁠ YAYOI KUSAMA

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