Yayoi Kusama, The Polka Dot Queen

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The Polka Dot Queen


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Born in Japan in 1929, Yayoi Kuzama moved to New York in her early career, where she became an icon of the 60’s art movements such as Pop Art, feminism, psychedelism or hippie culture. Her work influenced artists such as Andy Warhol or Claes Oldenburg. Back in Japan in the seventies, though therefore out of the spotlights of the New York scene, she managed through a wide variety of media such as paintings, naked street happenings or performance art, video or even poetry, to become one of the most respected “old masters” of contemporary art.

One day after seeing on the table, the tablecloth on grounds of red flowers, I brought my gaze to the ceiling.There, everywhere on the surface of the glass as that of the beam, were lying down forms of red flowers. The whole room, my whole body, the whole universe will be full of them; I was myself heading towards self-annihilation, towards a return towards a reduction of the absolute space and in the infinity of eternal time. […] I was seized with stupor. […] Paint was the only way to keep me alive, or conversely a fever that was accumulating myself.

Yayoi Kuzama

White No. 28 1960 (photo-cons), has been sold for over $7 million at Christie’s New York in 2014, auction price record for any living female artist. Prior to this sale that took her on the top of the board of the most sought after living women artists, Kusama was in third position with a record of $5.7 million (No. 2 – oïl on canvas 1959 at Christie’s NY) after Cady Noland and Marlene Dumas.


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Date: March 8, 2016


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