Yayoi Kusama - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Morning Session New York Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Japan
    Private Collection, Austria
    Dorotheum, Vienna, November 26, 2008, lot 385
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    "Our Earth is only one polka dot among a million stars in the cosmos. Polka dots are a way to infinity."
    Yayoi Kusama

  • 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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Crowd of Stars

signed, titled in Japanese and dated "yayoi Kusama 1992 Crowd of Stars" on the reverse
acrylic on canvas
25 3/4 x 20 7/8 in. (65.5 x 53 cm.)
Painted in 1992, this work is accompanied by a registration card issued by the Yayoi Kusama studio.

Estimate
$120,000 - 150,000 

Sold for $325,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Morning Session

New York Auction 15 November 2017