Yayoi Kusama - Editions & Works on Paper: Online Auction New York Wednesday, September 6, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    OTA Fine Arts, Tokyo
    SBI Art Auction Co., Ltd, Japan, The 55th SBI Art Auction, January 2023, lot 221
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Literature

    Yayoi Kusama 388

  • 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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Seeking the Soul (K. 388)

Screenprint in colors with embossing, on Moulin de Larroque handmade paper, with full margins.
I. 23 7/8 x 28 1/2 in. (60.6 x 72.4 cm)
S. 31 1/4 x 34 5/8 in. (79.4 x 87.9 cm)

Signed, titled in Japanese, dated and numbered 1/30 in pencil (there were also 10 artist's proofs), framed.

$12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for $30,480

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Editions & Works on Paper: Online Auction

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