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Summer #1

Summer #2

Summer #1, #2 1985

KUSAMA Yayoi (Nagano/1928-)
Summer#1:
cloth, acrylic, string, metal, plastic
169.5x116.0x110.0cm
Summer#2:
cloth, acrylic, string, metal, plastic
167.5x84.0x115.0cm



The source of Kusama's creative expression lies in the visions of polka dots and net patterns she experienced at a young age and in her fear of male genitalia. In order to remove the pain of the visions and to alleviate her fear, Kusama has continued, to this day, to exhibit paintings covered with polka dots and net patterns as well as three-dimensional works covered with phallus-shaped protrusions. These pieces were created in the period soon after the artist's return from the US, just as her artistic endeavors in Japan were finally beginning to be recognized. Masses of phallus-like objects covered with polka dots are arranged in strange formations, like the petals of a flower, revealing the artist's own boundless impulses.


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Arakawa, Shusaku
Dali, Salvador
Fujimori, Shizuo
Kikuhata, Mokuma
Kojima, Zenzaburo
Kollwitz, Kathe
Kusama, Yayoi
Paik, Nam June
Sakamoto, Hanjiro
Sakurai, Takami
Segal, George
Shiraga, Kazuo
Staël, Nicolas de
Sugai, Kumi
Tàpies, Antoni
Tasaki, Hirosuke
Tinguely, Jean
Yanagi, Miwa
Yoshihara, Jiro
Yoshimura, Tadao