Yayoi Kusama - Under the Influence New York Friday, March 7, 2014 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Galerie Thelen, Essen
    Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, Contemporary Art, Part II, November 11, 2005, lot 395
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    "I gradually feel myself under the spell of the accumulation and repetition in my nets which expand beyond myself, and over the limited space of canvas,
    covering the floor, desks and everywhere.” ― Yayoi Kusama

  • 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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acrylic on canvas
16 1/8 x 12 1/2 in. (41 x 31.8 cm.)
Signed, titled and dated "Yayoi Kusama 1997 Nets" on the reverse. This work is accompanied by Yayoi Kusama's Art Work Registration Card.

$30,000 - 40,000 

Sold for $87,500

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Under the Influence

New York Auction 7 March 2014 2pm