Yayoi Kusama - New Now New York Tuesday, September 20, 2016 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Private Collection
    The Market Auction, Inc., Toyko, October 25, 2007, lot 21
    Private Collection
    Augur Auction, Tokyo, March 24, 2012, lot 62
    Private Collection (acquired at the above sale)
    Phillips, New York, November 14, 2014, lot 166
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    "I would cover a canvas with nets, then continue painting them on the table, on the floor, and finally on my own body. As I repeated this process over and over again, the nets began to expand to infinity." 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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Infinity Nets (TWWP)

signed, titled and dated "Yayoi Kusama 2006 INFINITY NETS TWWP" on the reverse
acrylic on canvas
18 x 21 in. (45.7 x 53.3 cm.)
Painted in 2006, this work is accompanied by Yayoi Kusama's Art Work Registration Card.

$70,000 - 100,000 

Sold for $225,000

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New York Auction 20 September 2016