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Yayoi Kusama, Oven-Pan (1963)


Walker Art Center



Institution Walker Art Center
"Dismantling and accumulating, proliferating and separating, the sense of obliterating and the sounds from the invisible cosmos. What are all these things?"--Yayoi Kusama

At age 27, Yayoi Kusama left her native Japan for New York and quickly established a reputation for herself in avant-garde art circles. Though her work has elements of Pop, Fluxus, Minimalism, and Surrealism, it is distinct in its obsessive, often sexually charged sensibility.

Oven-Pan is part of a continuing body of works, begun in 1962, which Kusama calls "aggregation sculptures," "accumulation sculptures," or "compulsion furniture." Often, they combine an object associated with women's work--in this case, a metal "oven pan"--with a covering of stuffed, phallic protrusions. At times, Kusama has expanded these works to room-sized installations in which the environment becomes a field of obliterating, menacing proliferations.

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Source: Label text for Yayoi Kusama, Oven-Pan (1963), from the exhibition Selections from the Permanent Collection, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, December 8, 1996 to April 4, 1999.
Rights: Copyright 1998 Walker Art Center
Added to Site: March 1, 2009