Yayoi Kusama - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, June 28, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Paris

  • 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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Porcelain Pumpkin

glazed porcelain and original coloured paper-covered box
9 x 11.2 x 11.2 cm (3 1/2 x 4 3/8 x 4 3/8 in).
Stamped ‘Yayoi Kusama 2002 HC 1/6/100’ on the underside; further stamped 'Yayoi Kusama 2002' on the underside of the lid. This work is an Hors Commerce Proof from an edition of 100 plus 6 Hors Commerce Proofs.

£3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for £6,000

Contemporary Art Day Sale

29 June 2012