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Yayoi Kusama

All things Kusama inspired.
  • Chatty Feet Yayoi Toesama Socks
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    Chatty Feet Yayoi Toesama Socks

    $ 10.00

    Can you ‘spot’ the difference between this colorful character and a work of art? We bet you can’t! Pull on this hole-less pair of art socks and get ready to give the performance of your life. And when you’re creating your next masterpiece Yayoi will be there to help you join the dots. Let her add a splash of vivid color to your sock-drawer exhibition to brighten up your morning. Fans of Japanese art will go dotty for this fabulous famous face so these funky socks will make a great birthday gift for artists, designers and lovers of all things oriental.
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  • Dotty Artist Mini Sketchbook
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    Dotty Artist Mini Sketchbook

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    This miniature sketchbook features the iconic dotty artist in a removable bookmark form, keep her around long after you fill the sketchbook pages. With this sketchbook in the palm of your hand, take a quick note anywhere and everywhere.

    • 8 x 11.5  cm
    • 50 sheets cartridge paper
    • Removable paper bookmark
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  • Dreamlights Solar Powered Nightlight
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    Dreamlights Solar Powered Nightlight

    $ 39.99

    This magic lamp will surely brighten your night and your spirits as well. As it gently winks and blinks you'll fall asleep like a child to happy memories of glowing fireflies, warm summer nights, and lazy vacation days. Dreamlights is solar-powered; just leave it in full light to charge. It can be set to automatically switch on in the dark or turn on and off with a simple shake.

    • 3.95"(W) x 5.68"(H) x 4.82"(L)
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  • Fireflies Lenticular Postcard
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    Fireflies Lenticular Postcard

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    This lenticular postcard captures the wonder and atmosphere of Yayoi Kusama's You Who Are Getting Obliterated in the Dancing Swarm of Fireflies, 2005 on view at the Phoenix Art Museum.

    • Measures approximately 4'x6'
    • Lenticular design
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  • Firefly Blue Agate Bracelet
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    Firefly Blue Agate Bracelet

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    Inspired by one of the most popular pieces in the Museum's collection, the Firefly bracelet designed by KJK Jewelry adorns your wrist in rich blue semiprecious agate beads. Much like a firefly, the main pendant bead faintly glows in the dark after being exposed to light. 

    • 7.5" in length 
    • Banded blue agate
    • Pewter findings
    • Glow-in-the-dark pendant bead
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  • Firefly Blue Agate Necklace
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    Firefly Blue Agate Necklace

    $ 49.99

    Inspired by one of the most popular pieces in the Museum's collection, the Firefly necklace designed by KJK Jewelry is an elegant addition to any jewelry box. Much like a firefly, the main pendant bead faintly glows in the dark after being exposed to light. 

    • 16.5" in length 
    • Banded blue agate
    • Pewter findings
    • Glow-in-the-dark pendant bead
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  • Firefly Earrings
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    Firefly Earrings

    $ 19.99

    Inspired by one of the most popular pieces in the Museum's collection, the Firefly earrings designed by KJK Jewelry adorn your ears with a delicate twinkle. Much like a firefly, the main pendant bead faintly glows in the dark after being exposed to light. 

    • 1.5" in length from top of ear wire to bottom of bead 
    • Pewter findings
    • Glow-in-the-dark pendant bead
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    Firefly Pendant

    $ 19.99

    Inspired by one of the most popular pieces in the Museum's collection, the Firefly pendant designed by KJK Jewelry is a delicate and timeless piece. Much like a firefly, the main pendant bead faintly glows in the dark after being exposed to light. 

    • 18" in length 
    • Pewter findings
    • Sterling Silver Chain
    • Glow-in-the-dark pendant bead
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  • I Conquered the Fireflies T-Shirt
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    I Conquered the Fireflies T-Shirt

    $ 19.99

    Show the world YOU conquered Yayoi Kusama's You Who Are Getting Obliterated in the Dancing Swarm of Fireflies in this t-shirt that proudly displays your accomplishment in bright glow-in-the-dark ink! In both adult and youth sizes, anyone can show their love for one of Phoenix Art Museum's most beloved artworks! 

    • 100% cotton screen-printed t-shirt
    • Printed in the USA
    • Black t-shirt with glow-in-the-dark ink
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  • Infinity Net- The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama
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    Infinity Net- The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama

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    In 1957, encouraged by Georgia O’Keeffe, artist Yayoi Kusama left Japan for New York City to become a star. By the time she returned to her home country in 1973, she had established herself as a leader of New York’s avant-garde movement, known for creating happenings and public orgies to protest the Vietnam War and for the polka dots that had become a trademark of her work. Her sculptures, videos, paintings, and installations are to this day included in major international exhibitions.

    Available for the first time in English, Infinity Net paints a multilayered portrait of this fascinating artist. Taking us from her oppressive childhood in postwar Japan to her present life in the psychiatric hospital where she voluntarily stays—and is still productive—Kusama’s autobiography offers insight into the persona of mental illness that has informed her work. While she vibrantly describes the hallucinatory episodes she experiences, her tale is punctuated by stories of her pluck and drive in making her artistic voice heard. Conveying the breadth and ambition of her own work, Kusama also offers a dazzling snapshot of 1960s and 1970s New York City and her encounters with its artists—she collaborates with Andy Warhol, shares an apartment with Donald Judd, and becomes romantically entangled with Joseph Cornell. Replete with the sense of the sheer necessity within an artist to create, Infinity Net is an energetic and juicy page-turner that offers a glimpse into Kusama’s exhilarating world.

    • Softcover
    • 240 pages
    • Tate Publishing 2012
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  • Kokeshi Japanese Artist Wooden Dolls by Lucie Kaas
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    Kokeshi Japanese Artist Wooden Dolls by Lucie Kaas

    $ 45.00

    A modern take on Japanese Kokeshi dolls which are customarily given as symbols of friendship, these cute wooden dolls caricature beloved and iconic artists. Made in Denmark of schima superba wood.

    • 7.5” tall.
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  • Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: With Artwork by Yayoi Kusama
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    Lewis Carroll’s whimsically timeless tale, beautifully illustrated by world-renowned pop artist Yayoi Kusama. 

    Since childhood, Kusama has been afflicted with a condition that makes her see spots, which means she sees the world in a surreal, almost hallucinogenic way that sits very well with the Wonderland of Alice. She is fascinated by childhood and the way adults have the ability, at their most creative, to see things the way children do, a central concern of the Alice books. The classic book is color illustrated with a clothbound jacket, and produced to very high specification. Kusama's images are interspersed throughout the text. Produced in collaboration with the Kusama Studio, Tokyo and Gagosian Gallery.
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  • Love Was Infinitely Shining Ceramic Plate X Yayoi Kusama
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    Third Drawer Down Studio in collaboration with Yayoi Kusama are proud to present the Love Was Infinitely Shining Ceramic Plate. This is a functional domestic art product made in collaboration with Kusama and only available in art museums and exclusive design stores around the world. A beautiful piece to put on the wall as art. 

    Materials + care instructions

    -Ceramic Plate
    -Gift Boxed

    Size
    -10.5" (diameter) 

    Artwork
    Love Was Infinitely Shining 

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  • Yayoi Kusama
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    Yayoi Kusama

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    Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (b.1929) has pursued her principal themes of infinity, self-representation, sexuality and compulsive repetition since she took the New York art world by storm in the late 1950s with her 'Infinity Nets': a series of heroically-scaled paintings covered in endlessly repetitive net-like patterns, which won the admiration of artists ranging from Barnett Newman to the discriminating Donald Judd. In Kusama's installations and sculptures she compulsively covers every surface, either in polka dots (Infinity Mirror Room, 1965), mirrors (Endless Love Show, 1966) or phallus-like protrusions (Violet Obsession, 1994).

    This book signifies the first ever monograph on the astounding 40-year career of this established, deeply daring and tirelessly experimental artist, who represented Japan at the Venice Biennale in 1993. It was published to coincide with an exhibition in 2000 at the Serpentine Gallery. Overall, Kusama is internationally respected for her soft sculptures and psychedelic installations, through which she also explores themes of love and obsession throughout her work, in all its diversity: from her net-like pattern paintings begun in 1959, to her Pop-inspired love happenings in the 1960s, to installations whose every surface has been completed boundlessly by a complex but always distinct pattern. A visionary whose work is unique in the panorama of post-war art, Kusama is known not only as an artist but also as a fashion designer, poet, novelist and film-maker -- all documented in this uniquely comprehensive monograph. American art historian and Museum of Modern Art curator Laura Hoptman examines in her Survey the gradual transitions in the artist's work, from painting to performance to installation, in the context of her international artistic contemporaries. Japanes poet and critic Akira Tatehata discusses with the artist her own evolving relationship with her work and how it is received in Eastern and Western contexts. German-born art historian Udo Kultermann focuses on the artist's seminal installation work Driving Image (1959-64), which he exhibited in Essen, Germany, in 1966. For Artist's Choice, the artist has selected tanka poems by Takuboku Ishikawa (1886-1912), a renowned Japanese poet who, like Kusama, combined the expression of personal suffering with great formal innovations in his work.

    • Softcover
    • 160 pages
    • Phaidon Press, 2000
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    Yayoi Kusama

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    Accompanying the first major American retrospective exhibition of Yayoi Kusama's work, and an exhibition at Tate Modern in London, this volume offers a definitive monograph on Japan's most famous living artist. It features a wealth of works from all periods in Kusama's career, as well as essays by various international curators and critics, discussing Kusama's years in New York, her career after her return to Japan, her installation works and the psychoanalytic import of her art. Kusama's originality, innovation and sheer drive to make art have propelled her through a career that has spanned six decades, encompassing painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, collage, film and video, performance, installation and even product design. From the late 1950s to the early 1970s Kusama lived in New York, and was at the forefront of many artistic innovations in the city, becoming close with artists such as Donald Judd, Andy Warhol, Joseph Cornell and Claes Oldenburg, and influencing many others along the way. It was in these years that Kusama was dubbed "the Polka Dot Princess," for her obsessive use of polka dots in installations and happenings. Returning to Japan in her forties, she rebuilt her career, waiting years for the international recognition that she has recently achieved. Now in her ninth decade, Kusama's imagination remains fertile and productive, as she continues to devise dazzling installations and relentlessly hand-paints her ongoing series of minutely detailed figurative fantasy paintings.

    • Hardcover
    • 208 pages
    • 195 color pages
    • D.A.P. 2012
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  • Yayoi Kusama: Give Me Love
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    Yayoi Kusama: Give Me Love

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    Yayoi Kusama: Give Me Love documents the artist's most recent exhibition at David Zwirner, New York, which marked the US debut of The Obliteration Room, an all-white, domestic interior that viewers are invited to cover with dot stickers of various sizes and colors. Taking The Obliteration Room as its centerpiece, this catalogue reveals, in vivid large-scale plates, the transformation of the space from a clean white interior to a stunningly saturated room, with ceilings, walls, and furniture covered in myriad multicolored stickers put there by viewers over the course of the exhibition. The catalogue also includes beautiful reproductions of Kusama's new large-format paintings from My Eternal Soul series. Ranging from bright and densely pixelated forms, to umber figures with darker blues and muted oranges, these paintings demonstrate the artist's striking command of color, and her exceptional control over balance and contrast. Bold brushstrokes hover between figuration and abstraction; vibrant, animated, and intense, these paintings introduce their own powerful pictorial logic, at once contemporary and universal.

    The catalogue continues with a selection of new, large Pumpkin sculptures, a form that Kusama has been exploring since her studies in Japan in the 1950s, and which gained prominence in the 1980s, continuing to remain an essential part of her practice. Made of shiny stainless steel and featuring painted dots or dot-shaped perforations that recall The Obliteration Room, these immersive works seem created on human scale, with the tallest measuring 70 inches (178 cm). Vibrant plates capture how color, shape, size, and surface merge in these sculptures and mesmerize the viewer. Texts include a "Hymn to Yayoi Kusama" by art critic and poet Akira Tatehata and a poem by the artist herself.

    • Hardcover
    • 120 pages
    • 47 color reproductions
    • David Zwirner Books, 2016
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  • Yayoi Kusama: I Who Have Arrived in Heaven
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    Yayoi Kusama: I Who Have Arrived in Heaven

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    Yayoi Kusama: I Who Have Arrived in Heaven features new work from the artist's critically acclaimed 2013 inaugural exhibition at David Zwirner, which spanned the gallery's three locations in New York. Kusama's extraordinary and highly influential career spans paintings, performances, room-size presentations, outdoor sculptural installations, literary works, films, fashion, design and interventions within existing architectural structures. Opening this book is a series of exquisitely produced color plates of brightly colored, large-format square paintings. Part of a recent body of work, they allude to universal spheres or basic life forms and highlight Kusama's unique amalgamation of representational and nonrepresentational subject matter. Also featured is the video installation, Song of a Manhattan Suicide Addict, in which the artist herself is seen performing a song she composed while an animated slideshow of selected artworks moves behind her and the two mirrored infinity rooms.

    Yayoi Kusama was born in 1929 in Matsumoto, Japan. She was recently named the world’s most popular artist by various news outlets, based on annual figures reported by The Art Newspaper for global museum attendance. Her exhibitions were the most visited worldwide that year, with three major museum presentations simultaneously traveling through Japan, Asia, and Central and South America?all of which have drawn record-breaking attendances at every venue. Kusama’s work is featured in collections such as the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

    • Hardcover
    • 108 pages
    • 60 color pages
    • Published by D.A.P. 2014
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  • Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors
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    Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

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    World-renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has worked in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, performance art, and installation. Kusama’s iconic Infinity Mirror Rooms, which originated with Phalli’s Field in 1965, situate viewers in kaleidoscopic spaces filled with multicolored lights or whimsical forms. These mirror-lined installations reflect endlessly, distorting rooms to project the illusion of infinite space. Over the years, the works have come to symbolize different modalities within the various contexts they have inhabited, from Kusama's “self-obliteration” in the Vietnam War era to her more harmonious aspirations in the present. 
    By examining her early unsettling installations alongside her more recent ethereal atmospheres, this volume aims to historicize the body of work amidst the resurgence of experiential practices within the global landscape of contemporary art. Generously illustrated, this publication invites readers to examine the series’ impact over the course of the artist’s career. Accompanying essays, an interview with the artist, and a scholarly chronology round out the book.

    • Hardcover
    • 224 pages
    • 200 color reproductions
    • Prestel 2017
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