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  • Provenance

    Whitestone Gallery, Hong Kong
    Private Collection, Asia
    Christie's, Hong Kong, 25 November 2018, lot 201
    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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185

Pumpkin

signed and dated 'YAYOI KUSAMA 1984' on the underside
mixed media
8 x 8.5 x 8.5 cm. (3 1/8 x 3 3/8 x 3 3/8 in.)
Executed in 1984, this work is registered at the artist's studio under number 0693. This work is accompanied by a certificate issued by Whitestone Gallery.

Estimate
HK$350,000 - 450,000 
€36,800-47,400
$44,900-57,700

Sold for HK$882,000

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