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Known for her polka-dot installation works and iconic ‘Infinity Rooms,’ Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is one of the biggest names in 20th Century art. Born in Matsumoto in 1929, Kusama is now one of the most well-known figures across Pop Art and Minimalist movements, and her experiments in performance, fashion, poetry and painting have been exhibited around the world. Notably, Kusama has been open about the way she uses art as a form of therapy. Following her rise to fame in the 1960s, Kusama has ensured her status as one of the most important contemporary artists from Japan in the 20th century.
Image © Phillips / Untitled (Nets) © Yayoi Kusama 1959
Executed in the year her famed Infinity Nets series was born, Kusama's 1959 Untitled (Nets) defines her mastery of abstraction. Kusama proceeds with her preoccupation and fascination with dots in this painting, displaying an interminable expanse of dotted patterns against a white background. "And the spell of the dots and the mesh enfolded me in a magical curtain of mysterious, invisible power," Kusama said.
This oil on canvas fetched £8.5 million during the 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale auction at Phillips, New York, exceeding estimates of £4-5.7million.
Image © Sotheby's / Interminable Net #4 © Yayoi Kusama 1959
Created during Kusama’s time in New York, Interminable Net #4 belongs to a body of work known as the Infinity Net paintings. Kusama attributes the inspiration for these artworks to a view she once had from an aeroplane window, where she ‘saw ever expanding nets on the ocean’. Indeed the layered, painterly effect created across the surface of this canvas is evocative of ripples across water. Interminable Net No.4 sold for HK$62,433,000 (£6,056,250) at Sotheby's Hong Kong in April 2019, among the highest values ever achieved for a Kusama artwork on the secondary market.
Image © Christie's / Pumpkin (LPASG) © Yayoi Kusama 2013
Kusama’s 2013 work Pumpkin (LPASG) shows a bright yellow gourd covered in black polka dots on a dark, fractured background. The dots are a trademark motif of Kusama’s, appearing throughout her work on naked bodies, across canvases and even in the artist’s own clothing and hair. Here, they both map out the contours of the three dimensional object and ‘obliterate’ its form, making it not one object but the sum of infinite elements. In December 2021 this artwork sold for HKD$62,540,00 (£6,013,295) at Christie's Hong Kong, one of the highest values achieved by any of Kusama’s works on the secondary market.
Image © Christie's / Pumpkin © Yayoi Kusama 2017