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  • “I think I will be able to, in the end, rise above the clouds and climb the stairs to heaven, and I will look down on my beautiful life.” — Yayoi Kusama

    • Provenance

      Private Collection, Asia
      Poly Auction, Hong Kong, 3 October 2016, lot 173
      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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The Nature

signed and dated '1980 Yayoi Kusama' lower right; further signed, titled and dated '"The Nature [in Kanji]" 1980 Yayoi Kusama' on the reverse
pastel, gouache, ink and collage on paper
50.4 x 64.7 cm. (19 7/8 x 25 1/2 in.)
Executed in 1980, this work is accompanied by a registration card issued by the artist's studio.

Full Cataloguing

Estimate
HK$400,000 - 600,000 
€45,300-68,000
$51,300-76,900

Sold for HK$1,008,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in Association with Poly Auction

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2021