Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama Ladder

March 30 – July 22, 2018
Blank One Gallery

The word “accumulation” appears often when describing Yayoi Kusama’s work, and is both a theme and a visual feature of her sculpture, paintings, installations, and prints. For over sixty years, Kusama has captured international attention with her obsessively repeated patterns, bright colors, and ability to transform everyday objects like furniture or pumpkins into surreal art. Her unique biography cannot be disconnected from her art, complicating her pop art visions with issues of feminism, mental illness, and celebrity. This focused exhibition celebrates the Art Center’s collection of the artist’s work—four sculptures, and Pumpkin (L), the recent addition to the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, born 1929)
Ladder, 1963
Mixed media
Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Gift of Hanford Yang, New York, 1970.38
Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

entirely unexpected