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Artwork of the Month: Yayoi Kusama's Oven- Pan


Walker Art Center


March, 2001

Institution Walker Art Center
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Artwork of the Month: Yayoi Kusama's Oven- Pan

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Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama moved to New York in the late 1950s and quickly made a name for herself with both small and large works she called “accumulation sculptures.” To make them, she covered many ordinary household objects—chairs, ironing boards, ladders, clothing, rugs, and cookware— with dense patterns of polka-dots, squiggly lines, and other shapes made from materials such as canvas or real macaroni. When she was finished, she often painted the artworks all one color. Kusama sewed, stuffed, and painted canvas to make hundreds of forms like those you see repeated in the sculpture Oven- Pan. They seem to flow over the sides, almost as if they could wriggle away.

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Type: Instructional Material
Grades: 1-Adult
Instructional Method: Classroom Discussion, Gallery Discussion, Self-paced Learning
Rights: © March, 2001 Walker Art Center
Added to Site: June 9, 2010