Yayoi Kusama - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Private Collection
    Paris, Tajan, 26 October 2009, lot 361
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • 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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Where the Illusion Hides

signed and dated 'Yayoi Kusama 1978' upper left; further signed, titled and dated in Japanese 'Yayoi Kusama "Where the Illusion Hides" 1978' on the reverse
spraypaint and ink on paperboard
27 x 24 cm (10 5/8 x 9 1/2 in.)
Executed in 1978, this work is accompanied by a Registration Card issued by the Yayoi Kusama studio.

£6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for £16,250

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 6 October 2016