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

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  • Provenance

    OTA Fine Art, Tokyo
    Studio Guenzani, Milan

  • Exhibited

    Modena, Galleria Civica di Modena, Yayoi Kusama: Metamorphosis, September 15, 2006 - January 7, 2007

  • Literature

    Galleria Civica di Modena, Yayoi Kusama: Metamorphosis, exh. cat., Modena, 2006, p. 28

  • Catalogue Essay

    "Nothing I do stays in the gallery space. Everything I do is a walk in my mind. There are no limits… As long as I have the energy, I will carry on. I’d like to live 200 or 300 years." - Yayoi Kusama
    (Yayoi Kusama in J. McCurry, "Coming Full Circle", The Guardian, June 6, 2009)

    The present lot, Nets Infinity QTA, 2004,is exemplary of the expansive and exciting career of Yayoi Kusama, who has manifested her obsession with hypnotizing repetitive dot patterns in an ongoing series of Infinity Nets. The project has spanned almost the duration of her formidable career, which has taken many turns around the theme of Kusama’s private psychological challenges. Kusama’s work is not created with the intent of challenging conventions, rather she has invented her own visual language to convey the complexities of her own mind.

  • 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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Nets Infinity QTA

acrylic on canvas
44 1/8 x 57 1/2 in. (112 x 146 cm)
Signed, titled, and dated "Yayoi Kusama, 2004, Nets-Infinity QTA" on the reverse.

$120,000 - 180,000 

Sold for $284,500

Contemporary Art Day Sale

Contemporary Art Day
11 May 2012
New York