Lot 101
  • 101

Yayoi Kusama

80,000 - 120,000 USD
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  • Yayoi Kusama
  • My Hart (B)
  • signed, titled and dated 1953 on the reverse
  • pastel, gouache and ink on paper
  • 13 by 11 1/2 in. 33 by 29.2 cm.


Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1996

Catalogue Note

Grady Turner: In 1951, you began to produce small works on paper in pastel, gouache, and ink, based on your hallucinations. Within a few years, you had created thousands of them. Then, furious with your mother, you destroyed most of them...How did this come about?

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