artnet Auctions Presents The Art of Yayoi Kusama

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Special auction that celebrates the diversity and dynamism of Kusama’s oeuvre. Live sale on artnet Auctions: December 6–13, 2012

Pumpkin painting by Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama Pumpkin, 2000 Mixed media and paper mache Unique 9 x 12 x 12 in. 23 x 30 x 30 cm. Est. US$50,000–70,000 €38,607–54,049

artnet Auctions is proud to feature The Art of Yayoi Kusama, a special sale that is live for online bidding from December 6 to 13, 2012. The sale offers a curated selection including paintings, photographs, prints, and sculptures that celebrate the diversity and dynamism of the famously provocative Japanese avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama (b.1929). The pieces have estimates ranging from US$3,000 to US$70,000. Kusama is best known for her works featuring repeating motifs and surreal imagery that embrace themes of obsession, psychology, feminism, sex, creation, destruction, and self-reflection. This sale includes works in all media and various price points. A highlight of the sale is Pumpkin (2000), a stunning, unique red and black mixed media pumpkin sculpture, estimated at US$50,000 to US$70,000.

The sale also includes Pumpkin (Yellow) (1997), a sublime yellow and black acrylic painting on canvas by Kusama. This authenticated work, estimated at US$35,000 to US$50,000, is professionally framed and comes to artnet Auctions and the secondary market for the first time from a top, private Japanese collection.
Other noteworthy works in the sale include original works on paper, prints, and select photographs of the artist herself. Flowers QE (1993), the sublime black-and-white screenprint from an edition of 90, combines three of Kusama’s most iconic images—her ‘infinity net’ pattern, polka dots, and flowers. This piece is priced at US$10,000.

The Art of Yayoi Kusama is live on artnet Auctions from December 6 to 13, 2012 at

For more information about this sale, please contact artnet Auctions specialist:
Heather Russell
Senior Specialist, Asian Art
+1-212-497-9700 ext. 692

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