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YAYOI KUSAMA(JAPAN, B. 1929)
YAYOI KUSAMA(JAPAN, B. 1929)

Hat

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YAYOI KUSAMA(JAPAN, B. 1929)
Hat
signed, dated and inscribed ‘Yayoi Kusama 1981 F10’, titled in Japanese (on the reverse)
acrylic on canvas
45.5 x 53 cm. (17 7/8 x 20 7/8 in.)
Painted in 1981
Provenance
Private Collection, Asia
The work is accompanied by a registration card issued by the artist’s studio.

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Lot Essay

'When you understand the beauty of fashion, and the beauty of small planets, you realise that fashion is a marvelous form of expression.'- Yayoi Kusama

In the 17th century, hats were a symbol of social class and status in the West. Since the British royals wore hats as an essential item of their attire, it sparked off a fashion craze for hats during the era. After Meiji Restoration in Japan, Western trends began to take hold in the country. The Japanese people developed a love for accessorizing with hat s as an expression of one's personality and taste.

Having grown up amidst such influences in Japan, Yayoi Kusama also came to embrace hats as one of her favorite motifs. The artist often appears wearing bright-colored wigs or polka dot hats that are part of her distinctive style. In Hat (Lot 011) by Kusama, the summer hat with a bow is painted in Kusama's signature polka dots. Dense and varied in styles, the polka dots come into sharp contrast with the tiles and grids, while the interweaving of condensed patterns conveys a sense of the object's texture. The delicate composition and light-hearted theme evoke a delightful, summer-like sensory experience.

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