Miiko-Chan

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  • Provenance

    OTA FINE ARTS, Tokyo
    Private Collection, Taiwan
    Metaphysical Art Gallery, Taiwan
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Tokyo, Mori Art Museum; Sapporo, Museum of Contemporary Art, KUSAMATRIX, 7 February - 22 August 2004, pp. 51, 60 and 79 (illustrated, pp. 51, 60 and 79)
    Tokyo, The National Museum of Modern Art; Kyoto, The National Museum of Modern Art, Yayoi Kusama: Eternity – Modernity, 26 October 2004 – 13 February 2005
    Hiroshima, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Yayoi Kusama: Eight Places for Burning Soul, 22 February – 17 April 2005
    Kumamoto, Contemporary Art Museum, Yayoi Kusama: Sailing the Sea of Infinity, 29 April - 3 July 2005
    Matsumoto, City Museum of Art, Yayoi Kusama: the Place for my Soul, 7 July - 10 October 2005
    Taipei, San-Yat Sen Memorial Hall, 3L4D ANIMAMIX, 20 October – 11 August 2007

  • Literature

    Yayoi Kusama, Hi, Konnichiwa, New York, 2013, pp. 156-157 and 162-163 (illustrated, pp. 156-157 and 162-163)

  • 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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Miiko-Chan

styrene foam, urethane resin, metal, water paint
268 x 143 x 108 cm (105 1/2 x 56 1/4 x 42 1/2 in.)
Executed in 2004, this work is accompanied by a registration card issued by the Yayoi Kusama Inc. studio.

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