Yayoi Kusama - Wired: Online Auction London Wednesday, October 28, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Japan
    Phillips, London, 9 June 2016, lot 221
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Literature

    Yayoi Kusama: Prints 1979-2017, ABE Publishing Ltd., Tokyo, 2017, pl. 199 (another example illustrated, p. 121)

  • 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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signed, titled [in Japanese], numbered and dated '35/50 Waves 1994 Yayoi Kusama' lower margin
etching on paper
image 41.8 x 29.8 cm (16 1/2 x 11 3/4 in.)
sheet 63 x 45.5 cm (24 3/4 x 17 7/8 in.)

Executed in 1994, this work is number 35 from an edition of 50 plus 8 artist's proofs.

£3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for £8,820

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Wired: Online Auction

Online Auction 28 October - 5 November 2020