Yayoi KUSAMA

(1929)
Other possible identifications: after

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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Pumpkin 1981

Mainichi Auction Inc. , Tokyo

Japan, 31 Jul 2021

Painting Acrylic/canvas

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