Yayoi Kusama - INTERSECT: Online Auction Hong Kong Thursday, September 16, 2021 | Phillips
  •  “Pumpkins are loveable, and their wonderfully wild and humorous atmosphere never ceases to capture the hearts of people. I adore pumpkins… As my spiritual home since childhood, and with their infinite spirituality they contribute to the peace of mankind across the world…they make me feel at peace. Pumpkins bring about poetic peace in my mind.” —— Yayoi Kusama


    Kusama reading her poem ‘On Pumpkins’

    • Provenance

      Gallery KURA, Japan
      SBI Art Auction, Tokyo, 21 October 2017, lot 203
      Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

    • Artist Biography

      Yayoi Kusama


      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 nonagenarian who still lives in Tokyo and steadfastly paints in her 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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Pumpkin 2

inscribed with the artist's signature, date, and number '1988 Yayoi Kusama 23/30 94' on the underside
14.6 x 15.6 x 15.6 cm (5 3/4 x 6 1/8 x 6 1/8 in.)
Conceived in 1988 and cast in 1994, this work is number 23 from an edition of 30 with 1 artist's proof, and is accompanied by a registration card signed by the artist and issued by the artist's studio.

Full Cataloguing

HK$120,000 - 180,000 

Sold for HK$352,800

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INTERSECT: Online Auction

Online Auction 16 - 23 September 2021