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  • Provenance

    Private Collection
    Tajan, Paris, 26 October 2009, lot 361
    Private Collection
    Phillips, London, 6 October 2016, lot 197
    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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194

Where the Illusion Hides

signed and dated 'YAYOI KUSAMA 1978' upper left; further signed, titled and dated 'Yayoi Kusama "Where the Illusion Hides" [in Japanese] 1978' on the reverse
enamel and ink on paperboard
27 x 24 cm. (10 5/8 x 9 1/2 in.)
Executed in 1978, this work is accompanied by a registration card issued by the artist’s studio.

Estimate
HK$250,000 - 450,000 
€28,300-51,000
$32,100-57,700

Sold for HK$819,000

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

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2021