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Yayoi Kusama

Air Mail Stickers

1962

Artist

Yayoi Kusama (1929-)

Title

Air Mail Stickers

Date

1962

Medium

Collaged paper on canvas

Dimensions

Overall: 71 7/8 × 67 7/8 in. (182.6 × 172.4 cm)

Credit line

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Gift of Mr. Hanford Yang

Accession number

64.34

Object Label

Made a few short years after Yayoi Kusama moved from Japan to the United States, Air Mail Stickers is a collage of the titular stickers, which read “VIA AIR MAIL.” Pasted onto paper in overlapping rows that both allow for readability and suggest the result of a formal, ordering principle, the red, white, and blue stickers produce the effect of accumulation from close-range and total coverage from afar. In this, Air Mail Stickers relates to the “allover” compositions of Kusama’s early abstract paintings, which were comprised of either dense polka-dot fields or infinitely expanding net forms.

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