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Title
Oven-Pan
Artist
Yayoi Kusama
Date
1963
Dimensions
overall 9.75 × 18.5 × 24 inches
Materials
paint, canvas, cotton, steel, wood
Location
On view at the Walker Art Center, Gallery 6

Object Details

Type
Sculpture
Accession Number
1996.165
Inscriptions
in black ink on bottom “KUSAMA 1963”; in black ink on bottom “OBEN PAN”; scratched through paint to white surface in middle of bottom of pan “KUS”
Physical Description
bronze colored potato-like forms protruding from a metal pan with a wire spatula resting on top
Printer
N.A.
Credit Line
T. B. Walker Acquisition Fund, 1996

object label Yayoi Kusama, Oven-Pan (1963) Walker Art Center, 1999

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 predominantly male avant-garde art circles. Her work contains elements of the Pop Art, Fluxus, Minimalist, and Abstract Expressionist art movements that were all going on simultaneously in New York. However, it is distinct in its obsessive, often sexually charged sensibility and in the intensively laborious and compulsive practice it demonstrates.

Oven-Pan is part of a body of works, begun in 1962, that Kusama calls “aggregation sculptures,” “accumulation sculptures,” or “compulsion furniture.” She often starts with an object associated with women’s work–in this case, a metal oven pan–and covers it with 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. These installations–often involving mirrors and lights that create a perceptual, performative, and kinetic experience–garnered her an association with Zero, a group of artists that included G√ľnther Uecker and Piero Manzoni, whose works can be seen in this gallery.

Walker solo exhibition: Love Forever: Yayoi Kusama, 1958-1968, 1998-1999

Label text for Yayoi Kusama, Oven-Pan (1963), from the exhibition Art in Our Time: 1950 to the Present, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, September 5, 1999 to September 2, 2001.

Copyright 1999 Walker Art Center

object label Yayoi Kusama, Oven-Pan (1963) Walker Art Center, 1998

“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.

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.

Copyright 1998 Walker Art Center