Yayoi Kusama - What Now?: Online Auction Hong Kong Thursday, February 2, 2023 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Benesse House, Naoshima
    Acquired from the above 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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Naoshima Red Pumpkin

stamped with the artist's copyright and titled ' "NAOSHIMA" ©YAYOI KUSAMA' on the underside
painted cast resin
work 8.9 x 13.8 x13.9 cm. (3 1/2 x 5 3/8 x 5 1/2 in.)
box 11.2 x 17.1 x 17.1 cm. (4 3/8 x 6 3/4 x 6 3/4 in.)

Produced by Benesse Holdings, Inc., Naoshima in 2019, this work is accompanied by its original box.

HK$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for HK$8,190

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Associate Specialist, 20th Century & Contemporary Art, Hong Kong

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