Soaring Spirit

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  • Condition Report

  • Provenance

    Robert Miller Gallery, New York, 2006
    Private Collection, New York

  • Exhibited

    Robert Miller Gallery, Yayoi Kusama, October-November 2006, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    The machinery of the sky that confounds us on earth with endless transformations of clouds in the light of dawn does not compare to the extraordinary tenacity of human beings, the way of human life, the presentiment of approaching death, the existence of love, the brilliant coruscations of light and the dark scars of our lives, to say nothing of the incomprehensible form of the cosmos and the overwhelming mysteries of space, time, distance. Yayoi Kusama

  • Artist Bio

    Yayoi Kusama

    Japanese • 1929

    Named "the world's most popular artist" in 2015, it's not hard to see why Yayoi Kusama continues to dazzle contemporary art audiences globally. From her signature polka dots—"fabulous," she calls them—to her mirror-and-light Infinity Rooms, Kusama's multi-dimensional practice of making art elevates the experience of immersion. To neatly pin an artistic movement onto Kusama would be for naught: She melds and transcends the aesthetics and theories of many late twentieth century movements, including Pop Art and Minimalism, without ever taking a singular path. 

    As an octogenarian who still lives—somewhat famously—in a psychiatric institution in Tokyo and steadfastly paints in her immaculate studio every day, Kusama honed her punchy cosmic style in New York City in the 1960s. During this period, she staged avant-garde happenings, which eventually thrust her onto the international stage with a series of groundbreaking exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in the 1980s and the 45th Venice Biennale in 1993. She continues to churn out paintings and installations at inspiring speed, exhibiting internationally in nearly every corner of the globe, and maintains a commanding presence on the primary market and at auction. 

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Soaring Spirit

2006
Stainless steel balls and wire construction, with the artist’s printed work number ‘KUSA-0740’ on a clear label affixed to the reverse of one of the components.
18 x 16 x 14 in. (45.7 x 40.6 x 35.6 cm)
Signed, titled and dated on the accompanying photograph, from a series of at least 10 unique versions.

Estimate
$40,000 - 60,000 

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New York Auction 23 April 2019