Yayoi Kusama at Sotheby’s HK

WATERMELON, Acrylic on canvas, 2008

Sotheby’s Hong Kong has announced that YAYOI KUSAMA – Hong Kong Blooms in My Mind, a selling exhibition of works by contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama will be held from 19 to 31 May 2012 at the newly-constructed Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery on the 5th Floor of One Pacific Place, Admiralty.  One of a series of exciting events celebrating the opening of Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery, this exhibition marks a significant expansion of Sotheby’s business in Asia beyond its traditional twice-annual series of auctions in April and October.  Personally titled by Kusama, the exhibition is the result of direct and exclusive collaboration with the artist, her studio and the artist’s long-standing Tokyo gallery, Ota Fine Arts, presenting an assemblage of nearly 40 works of the highest quality, all of which are available for private sale. The works included in the exhibition cover a wide range of media including works on canvas, sculptures of various sizes and unique works on paper, and encompassing many periods of the artist’s development from the 1950s to the present.

PUMPKIN, Fiberglass reinforced plastic, urethane paint, 2010, 125 (H) x 120 x 120 cm

YAYOI KUSAMA (b. 1929)

With large-scale retrospectives held in major museums and galleries worldwide, Yayoi Kusama is one of the most influential figures in the Eurocentric modern and contemporary art history. Born in Nagano, Japan, in 1929, Kusama moved to New York in 1957, launching a successful and prolific artistic career with works encompassing a variety of media from painting and sculpture to anti-war demonstration and film production, garnering much international acclaim before returning to Japan in 1973 where she has continue to produce artworks and novels. Her creative journey spans the inception and flowering of many sweeping art movements and dominant schools of thought yet defies all classification. Affected by hallucinatory visions since childhood, she channels the uncontrollable psychic energies into her artistic creations, giving rise to motifs including the mesmerising polka dots and infinity nets that now stand as instantly recognisable symbols of contemporary art.