PP aside from edition of 100
BOX Gallery, Nagoya, pub.; Shimo-oka Yoshiaki, prntr.
Self-portrait is a rare lithograph with applied fabric collage, based on a 1982 acrylic and collage painting. While Yayoi Kusama is often photographed standing in front of her works, it is unusual to see a work in which she is the main subject. In this self-portrait, Kusama's likeness is formed by the nets and dots for which she has become known. The importance of this work is illustrated by the fact that Kusama has chosen it as the header image for her website. The present work is a rare printer's proof aside from the regular edition of 100. It is elegantly matted in the original vintage handmade wooden frame, with a slightly beveled edges.
Japanese born, 87-year-old Kusama is often called the most famous artist in the world. In 1958, Kusama moved from Tokyo to New York where she became acquainted with Joseph Cornell, Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman. Despite these diverse influences, Kusama's style resists strict categorization and incorporates elements of Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop, Minimalism, Feminism, and performance art. Kusama’s six-decade practice has transcended these important art movements of the second half of the twentieth century, drawing vocabulary from each to forge a hallucinatory visual style that is distinctly her own. Her varied and highly influential oeuvre includes paintings, performances, room-size presentations, outdoor sculptural installations, literary works, films, fashion, design, and interventions within existing architectural structures, which allude to both microscopic and macroscopic universes.