Pumpkin

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  • Provenance

    Fuji Television Gallery, Tokyo
    Gallery Lucio Amelio, Naples
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Tokyo, Fuji Television Gallery, Infinity - Explosion, 6-28 June 1986 (another variant exhibited)
    Venice, 45th Venice Biennale, Japanese Pavillion, 1993 (another variant exhibited)

  • Literature

    Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, exh. cat., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, 2017, pp. 66-67 (another variant illustrated)

  • 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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Pumpkin

signed and dated 'Yayoi Kusama 1985' on the underside
acrylic on plaster
9.9 x 9.6 x 9.6 cm (3 7/8 x 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 in.)
Executed in 1985, this work is from a series of unique variants and is accompanied by a registration card from the Yayoi Kusama Studio.

Estimate
£18,000 - 25,000 

sold for £37,500

Contact Specialist
Tamila Kerimova
Specialist, Head of Day Sale
+ 44 20 7318 4065
tkerimova@phillips.com

20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 30 June 2017