Spring Mars Studay

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  • Provenance

    Peter Blum Gallery, New York
    Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2009

  • 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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Property from the Triton Collection Foundation

Spring Mars Studay

signed, titled and dated '"SPRING MARS STUDAY" KUSAMA 1953' on the reverse
pastel and gouache on paper
34.3 x 29.8 cm (13 1/2 x 11 3/4 in.)
Executed in 1953, this work is accompanied by a registration card from the Yayoi Kusama Studio.

Estimate
£90,000 - 120,000 

sold for £106,250

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 9 March 2018