Yayoi Kusama Accumulation of Stamps, 63 1962

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When she was a girl, Yayoi Kusama had hallucinations of flowers, dots, and nets—“the same pattern covering the ceiling, the windows, and the walls, and finally all over the room, my body, and the universe.” She has said that her use of repeated forms, in this case store-bought labels and stickers, grows out of her struggle with these hallucinations caused by mental illness. She does not consider her art to be an end in itself. Instead it serves a personal function: “I am pursuing my art in order to correct the disability which began during my childhood.” The repetition required to make collages like this one are reflected in Kusama’s titles, which often include the words accumulation and infinity.

Pasted labels and ink on paper
23 3/4 x 29" (60.3 x 73.6 cm)
Gift of Philip Johnson
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© 2024 Yayoi Kusama
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