Yayoi Kusama - Evening & Day Editions London Wednesday, June 11, 2014 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    De internationale Galerie Orez, The Hague, Netherlands
    Collection of Leo Verboon, Netherlands
    Purchased from the above for a private German collection

  • Literature

    Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Net: The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama, Tate Publishing, London, 2011, p.40

  • 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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One Thousand Boats

16 offset lithographs, on thin wove paper, the full sheets,
all S. 43.2 x 56.4 cm (17 x 22 1/4 in.)
from the unsigned, un-numbered edition of 999, some of which were used as wallpaper for the artist's 1965 Aggregation: One Thousand Boats Show installation at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (a previous edition was used for the original installation at Gertrude Stein Gallery, New York in 1963), produced by De internationale Galerie Orez, The Hague, Netherlands, all unframed.

£3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for £3,500

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auctions 12 June 2014 2pm & 6pm