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  • 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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The Me That I adore (The Grand Set)

2013
The complete set of 20 fine bone china tea-ware, comprised of six tea cup and saucer pairs (in six variations), six cake plates, one tea pot, and one heart-shaped mini plate,
15 5/8 x 15 5/8 x 11 5/8 in. (39.7 x 39.7 x 29.5 cm)
signed and numbered 93/100 in black marker on the accompanying Certificate of Authenticity (from The Grand Set, there was also a regular edition of 400) each item is also stamp signed, titled, dated '2013' and numbered '093' on the reverse, manufactured by Nikko Company for the Mori Arts Center Museum Shop, Mori Building Co., Ltd., to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Roppongi Hills and the Mori Art Museum, contained in individual red fabric covered boxes with titles, in original red velvet case with title in gold.

Estimate
$2,500 - 3,500 

Sold for $2,500

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