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Yayoi Kusama

Private Listing , 1954

Works on paper
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Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama, born in Matsumoto, Japan in 1929, is an avant-garde artist who had great influence upon the Postwar New York art scene. Her extensive career has made her one of the best-selling living female artists of all time. Kusama’s oeuvre spans painting, performance, room-sized presentations, outdoor sculptural installations, literary works, fashion, film, design, and interventions within existing architectural structures. While she has met sustained success at auction over the past two and a half decades, her work continues to be sought after by collectors today. In 2021, eight rare, never-before-seen early works on paper went up on auction at Bonhams and soared off the block, bringing in over 15 million USD. 

Kusama is perhaps best known for her Infinity Nets series -- monochromatic paintings covered in a repeated motif of dots. This pattern originated from visual hallucinations that have afflicted Kusama since childhood, and these dots and apparitions continue to influence her work today. 

Early in her career, Kusama quickly rose to notoriety within the New York art scene early in her career, winning the recognition of Donald Judd as well as being considered an influence to Andy Warhol and the Pop Art movement. Transcending two iconic art movements in New York at the time, Pop Art and Minimalism, Kusama began exhibiting her work with other prominent avant-garde artists in the city before moving back to Japan in the 1970s. After representing Japan in the 1993 Venice Biennale, Kusama was brought into the international limelight, and has since been the subject of multiple museum retrospectives, has created large scale public sculptures on commission, and has made several films and documentaries. She currently lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. 

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