Yayoi Kusama, ‘Dots (TOPQ)’, 2006, Sotheby's: Contemporary Art Day Auction

From the Catalogue

"She is an angel blessed with an innocent, rare intelligence and an iron will who has made friends with the devil who has failed to overpower her. Kusama’s simple but complex world is an endless enigma that will always be beyond my understanding." —Robert Nickas, "Yayoi Kusama: Formulate Infinity" in Yayoi Kusama: I Want to Live Forever, Milan 2009, p. 29

Courtesy of Sotheby's

Signature: signed, titled and dated 2006 on the reverse

Umi Gallery, Japan
Acquired from the above 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