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Yayoi Kusama was born in Matsumoto, Japan, in 1929. As of 1977, she has regularly resided in a Japanese psychiatric facility where she has a workshop.

After an education in traditional and modern painting, Kusuma moved to New York in 1958 and mixed with some of the major artists of the city’s avant-garde, including Yves Klein, Andy Warhol and Donal Judd. A fervent activist for sexual freedom and women’s rights, she made her mark on 1960s New York with naked happenings in iconic locations. She participated indirectly in the Psychedelic and Pop Art movements of the time and painted her first Infinity Nets (large monochromes with obsessively repetitive and yet random patterns). Prone to visual hallucinations since childhood, her “psychosomatic” art is dominated by coloured peas and quasi-phallic forms in immersive works and installations. In 2019, Her Pumpkin (Twpot) – from her Pumkins series – sold for $7 million at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong. Considered one of the world’s most influential artists, Kusama’s work is collected and exhibited in prestigious museums and her work is highly appreciated by the public. In 2017, she opened her own museum in Tokyo, substantially contributing to her popularity.


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Like a lot of sectors, the global art market has been seriously impacted by the Covid 19 crisis, forcing auction companies to cancel or postpone sales. However, thanks to online sales, its activity did not grind to a complete halt. In this article Artprice focuses on the best results hammered during the lockdown, when a […]

An online“Hong Kong” sale that generated much better results than expected… a good level of transaction fluidity… new buyers… and online bids on the up – the switch to ‘online only’ is bearing its first fruits. Forging ahead of their competitors in the online sphere, Sotheby’s strategy and (good) results deserve a closer look.   […]

For the sake of coherence, clarity and transparency, Artprice’s editorial team has always divided Art History into five main periods with artworks being classified according to a simple and indisputable criterion… the birth year of their creators: Old Masters’ … artists born up until 1760 ‘19th century’ … artists born from 1760 to 1860 ‘Modern’ […]