Yayoi Kusama, ‘Bird’, 1986, Phillips

Property of an Important European Collector

This work has been registered in the Yayoi Kusama archives under registration number 0396.

Signature: signed, titled and dated '"BIRD" YAYOI KUSAMA 1986' on edge of the box

Private Collection, Tokyo
Private Collection
Sotheby's, New York, 27 September 2010, lot 32
Private Collection, New York
Phillips, New York, 15 May 2015, lot 220
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

About Yayoi Kusama

Avant-garde Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama was an influential figure in the postwar New York art scene, staging provocative happenings and exhibiting works such as her “Infinity Nets”, hallucinatory paintings of loops and dots (and physical representations of the idea of infinity). Narcissus Garden, an installation of hundreds of mirrored balls, earned Kusama notoriety at the 1966 Venice Biennale, where she attempted to sell the individual spheres to passersby. Kusama counted Donald Judd and Eva Hesse among her close friends, and is often considered an influence on Andy Warhol and a precursor to Pop art. Since her return to Japan in the 1970s, Kusama's work has continued to appeal to the imagination and the senses, including dizzying walk-in installations, public sculptures, and the "Dots Obsessions" paintings.

Japanese, b. 1929, Matsumoto City, Japan, based in Tokyo, Japan