- Yayoi Kusama
- My Hart (B)
- signed, titled and dated 1953 on the reverse
- pastel, gouache and ink on paper
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1996
Yayoi Kusama: When I left for New York, my mother gave me one million yen and told me never to set foot in her house again. I destroyed several thousand pieces of work...Now I regret very much that I destroyed them...The pieces that I saved were all completed ones, similar to those I had sent to Kenneth [Callahan] and Georgia O’Keeffe...she was very supportive of me...Those pieces I saved were excellent pieces that already showed some signs of dots and infinity nets.
Grady Turner: Though small in size, these early works were vast in scale, as if you were attempting to capture the infinite.
Yayoi Kusama: Those small works reflect the great depth of my inner heart.
Yayoi Kusama in conversation with Grady Turner, Bomb Magazine, Winter 1999