Yayoi Kusama - (Re)Trace Hong Kong Monday, April 17, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection
    Sotheby's S|2 Gallery, Hong Kong
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2012

  • Exhibited

    Tokyo, Fuji Television Gallery, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Explosion, 6-28 June 1986, n.p. (illustrated)
    Tokyo, The National Museum of Modern Art; Kyoto, The National Museum of Modern Art, Yayoi Kusama: Eternity Modernity; then traveled as Eight Places for Burning Soul, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art; then traveled as Yayoi Kusama: Sailing the Sea of Infinity, Kumamoto, Contemporary Art Museum; then traveled as Yayoi Kusama: The Place for My Soul, Matsumoto, Matsumoto City Museum of Art, 26 October 2004-10 October 2005, no. 112, p. 181 (illustrated)
    Hong Kong, Sotheby's S|2 Gallery, Yayoi Kusama: Hong Kong Blooms in My Mind, 19-31 May 2012, pl. 16, pp. 46-47

  • Literature

    Jiritsu Shobo, Between Heaven and Earth, Tokyo, 1988 (illustrated, book cover)
    Thomas Frick, YAYOI KUSAMA: NEW YORK/TOKYO-LOVE FOREVER: YAYOI KUSAMA, 1958-1968, Los Angeles, 1998, p.77 (illustrated, book cover)
    Bijutsu Shuppan-Sha, ed.,Yayoi Kusama: Eternity-Modernity, Tokyo, 2005, p.181 (illustrated)
    Yayoi Kusama: 1945 to Now, exh. cat., M+ Museum, Hong Kong, 2022, p. 157 (illustrated, p. 158)

  • Artist Biography

    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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Six Guests

signed, titled and dated 'Yayoi Kusama [in Kanji and English] "SIX GUESTS [in Kanji and English] 1986' on the underside of the table; further signed and titled '"SIX GUESTS [in Kanji and English]" Yayoi Kusama [in Kanji and English]' on the underside of six chairs
wood, canvas, spray paint, fibre and mixed media
Table: 113 x 185 x 130 cm. (44 1/2 x 72 7/8 x 51 1/8 in.)
Chair: 83 x 65 x 55 cm. (32 5/8 x 25 5/8 x 21 5/8 in.)

Executed in 1986, this work is accompanied by a registration card issued by the artist's company.

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