Yayoi Kusama’s Colorful, Plant-Filled Creations Capture the Spirit of Summer. Here Are 10 Works by the Artist on the Artnet Gallery Network

The artist's fascination with the natural world is highlighted in the New York Botanical Garden show "Kusama: Cosmic Nature."

Yayoi Kusama, Flowers C (2005). Courtesy of David Benrimon Fine Art, LLC.
Yayoi Kusama, Flowers C (2005). Courtesy of David Benrimon Fine Art, LLC.

Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929) is one of the most successful artists of our time, and for good reason: Her brilliantly colorful infinity nets, polka dots, and pumpkins are instantly recognizable and attract an audience that reaches far beyond the traditional art world. 

Over her nearly 70-year career, Kusama has refined her unique visual language, taking inspiration from the world around her (her signature polka dots motif was supposedly inspired by a hallucination she experienced while staring at a tablecloth as a child). Many of her influences come directly from nature, which is now the subject of an exhibition at the New York Botanical Gardens, “KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature.” The show explores the artist’s fascination with plant life cycles, greenhouses, and the fields of her childhood seed nursery.

For those as enthralled by Kusama’s dazzling visions as us, the Artnet Gallery Network offers dozens of paintings, prints, and sculptures by the artist, which you can inquire about with just a click.

Below, we’ve picked out a few of our favorites.

 

Yayoi Kusama
Flower Basket (1993)
HK Art Advisory + Projects
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Yayoi Kusama, Flower Basket (1993). Courtesy of HK Art Advisory + Projects.

Yayoi Kusama, Flower Basket (1993). Courtesy of HK Art Advisory + Projects.

Yayoi Kusama
Shellfish (1989)
David Benrimon Fine Art, LLC.
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Yayoi Kusama, Shellfish (1989). Courtesy of David Benrimon Fine Art, LLC.

Yayoi Kusama, Shellfish (1989). Courtesy of David Benrimon Fine Art, LLC.

 

Yayoi Kusama
The Cosmos at Dawn (1994)
JD Malat Gallery
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Yayoi Kusama, The Cosmos at Dawn (1994). Courtesy of JD Malat Gallery.

Yayoi Kusama, The Cosmos at Dawn (1994). Courtesy of JD Malat Gallery.

 

Yayoi Kusama
Naoshima Pumpkin (RED,BLACK) (2019)
5Art Gallery Los Angeles
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Yayoi Kusama, Naoshima Pumpkin (RED,BLACK) (2019). Courtesy of 5Art Gallery Los Angeles

Yayoi Kusama, Naoshima Pumpkin (RED,BLACK) (2019). Courtesy of 5Art Gallery Los Angeles

 

Yayoi Kusama
Dress (1996)
Omer Tiroche Gallery
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Yayoi Kusama, Dress (1996). Courtesy of Omer Tiroche Gallery.

Yayoi Kusama, Dress (1996). Courtesy of Omer Tiroche Gallery.

Yayoi Kusama
Red Pumpkin Pillow
Yang Gallery
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Yayoi Kusama, Red Pumpkin Pillow. Courtesy of Yang Gallery.

Yayoi Kusama, Red Pumpkin Pillow. Courtesy of Yang Gallery.

 

Yayoi Kusama
Panier de fruits I (2000)
Upsilon Gallery
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Yayoi Kusama, Panier de fruits I (2000). Courtesy of Upsilon Gallery.

Yayoi Kusama, Panier de fruits I (2000). Courtesy of Upsilon Gallery.

 

Yayoi Kusama
Pumpkin (Limoges) (2002)
Coans Gallery
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Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin (Limoges) (2002). Courtesy of Coans Gallery.

Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin (Limoges) (2002). Courtesy of Coans Gallery.

 

Yayoi Kusama
Seahorses (1989)
Guy Hepner
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Yayoi Kusama, Seahorses (1989). Courtesy of Guy Hepner.

Yayoi Kusama, Seahorses (1989). Courtesy of Guy Hepner.

 

Yayoi Kusama
Flowers C (2005)
Pop and Contemporary Fine Art
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Yayoi Kusama, Flowers C (2005). Courtesy of Pop and Contemporary Fine Art.

Yayoi Kusama, Flowers C (2005). Courtesy of Pop and Contemporary Fine Art.


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