Image: Arm Chair
(Matsumoto City, Nagano, 1929 - )

Arm Chair , 1963

Acrylic on chair, shoes and sewn and stuffed cloth pouches
38 in. x 38 in. x 50 in. (96.52 cm x 96.52 cm x 127 cm)
Gift of Mr. Gordon Locksley and Mr. George Shea
installed in galleries
installed at Art Institute, c. 1970s
installed in galleries
side view, detail
These are from Yayoi Kusama’s first body of sculpture, which the artist described as “accumulations.” She covered utilitarian objects with masses of phallic stuffed and sewn cloth pouches and painted them either a single color or with polka dots. Symbols of traditional female roles—domestic objects and the activity of sewing—are joined with male protrusions. In Kusama’s work, everyday objects merge with biology gone awry in a surreal world leavened by humor but dominated by obsession.
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