Yayoi Kusama - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Tuesday, June 29, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Europe

  • 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 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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Four Works: (i) Untitled, 1983 (ii) Bird I, 1980 (iii) Untitled, 1980 (iv) Earth, 1980

Ink, gouache, glitter, pastel and paper collage on paper.
(i) 66 x 50.8 cm (26 x 20 in); (ii)50.8 x 66 cm (20 x 26 in);
(iii) 66 x 50.8 cm (26 x 20 in); (iv) 50.8 x 66 cm (20 x 26 in).

(i) Signed and dated 'Yayoi Kusama 1983' lower right. (ii) Signed and dated 'Yayoi Kusama 1980' lower right; signed, titled and dated in Japanese and English 'Bird Yayoi Kusama 1980' on the reverse. (iii) Signed and dated 'Yayoi Kusama 1980' lower right. (iv) Signed and dated 'Yayoi Kusama 1980' lower right; signed, titled and dated in Japanese and English 'Yayoi Kusama 1980 Earth' on the reverse.

£12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for £37,250

Contemporary Art Day Sale

30 June 2010