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  • In front of paint brushes and canvas, my hands react to them and make my work before I think of anything. Then, when the piece is completed, I look at it, and am surprised by the resultalways.Yayoi Kusama

     

    • Provenance

      Kumquat Gallery, Hong Kong
      Private Collection
      Sotheby's, New York, 18 November 2016, lot 207
      Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

    • 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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Lemon Squash

signed, titled and dated 'YAYOI KUSAMA 1991 "Lemon Squash [in Japanese]"' on the reverse
acrylic on canvas
22.7 x 15.9 cm. (8 7/8 x 6 1/4 in.)
Painted in 1991, this work is accompanied by a registration card issued by the artist's studio.

Full Cataloguing

Estimate
HK$1,500,000 - 2,500,000 
€159,000-264,000
$192,000-321,000

Sold for HK$3,150,000

Contact Specialist

Danielle So
Associate Specialist, Head of Day Sale
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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in Association with Poly Auction

Hong Kong Auction 7 June 2021