Pumpkin (M) 2014
Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929) 

Mall Level 2, Ewa Wing, near Bloomingdale’s 

Although the pumpkin is often overlooked as artistic subject matter, it has long been a source of inspiration for Yayoi Kusama. During WWII, pumpkins served as a means of substance and comfort for the artist and her family. Kusama prizes its unpretentious, yet generous nature which for her even attains a spiritual quality. Her deep regard for the pumpkin is conveyed by the monumentality of this bronze work standing 6 feet high and weighing more than 1,200 pounds.

About the Artist: 
Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist and writer. Throughout her career she has worked in a wide variety of media, including painting, collage, sculpture, performance art and environmental installations, most of which exhibit her thematic interest in psychedelic colors, repetition and pattern. A precursor of the pop art, minimalist and feminist art movements, Kusama influenced contemporaries such as Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg. Although largely forgotten after departing the New York art scene in the early 1970s, Kusama is now acknowledged as one of the most important living artists to come out of Japan, and an important voice of the avant-garde.

Curated by: Kelly Sueda
Dedicated: 2016