Yayoi Kusama - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Friday, May 11, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Studio Guenzani, Milan

  • Exhibited

    Milan, Studio Guenzani, Yayoi Kusama, April - May, 2005

  • Catalogue Essay

    "My Infinity Net paintings and Accumulation works had different origins from the European monochrome works. They were about an obsession: infinite repetition. In the 1960s, I said: I feel as if I were driving on the highways or carried on a conveyor belt without ending until my death. This is like continuing to drink thousands of cups of coffee or eating thousands of feet of macaroni… I am deeply terrified by the obsessions crawling over my body, whether they come from within me or from outside. I fluctuate between feelings of reality and unreality." - Yayoi Kusama
    (Yayoi Kusama, Akira Tatehata in conversation, Press Play: Contemporary Artists in Conversation, London, 2005, p. 426)

  • 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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Nets Infinity

acrylic on canvas
39 3/8 x 39 3/8 in. (100 x 100 cm)
Signed, titled, and dated "Yayoi Kusama, 2002, Nets Infinity" on the reverse.

$150,000 - 200,000 

Sold for $326,500

Contemporary Art Day Sale

Contemporary Art Day
11 May 2012
New York