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219
Yayoi Kusama
FLOWER NO. Q
Estimate
300,000400,000
JUMP TO LOT
219
Yayoi Kusama
FLOWER NO. Q
Estimate
300,000400,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Contemporary Art Day Auction

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Yayoi Kusama
B. 1929
FLOWER NO. Q
signed and dated 1953; titled on the reverse
gouache, ink and acrylic on paper
10 1/2 by 15 in. 26.7 by 38 cm.
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This work is confirmed by the Yayoi Kusama Inc. and a registration card will be issued after the auction.

Provenance

Collection of Richard Castellane, New York (acquired directly from the artist)
Acquired from the above by the present owner in November 2010

Exhibited

Birmingham Museum of Art, Yayoi Kusama: Early Drawings from the Collection of Richard Castellane, December 2000 - January 2001, cat. no. 3, p. 19, illustrated in color

Catalogue Note

“If you try to find a fixed, symbolic meaning behind Kusama’s work, an un-trauma that will explain everything, you will get lost in the field of sunflowers. The meaning of Kusama’s work is not unified and deep but centerless and diffuse like the patterns that obsess her: dots, grids, nets—ornament on ornament. Kusama’s art is, if anything, an art of surfaces. Yet it is not superficial. Full of detours and returns, her work revolves around the seduction of the surfaces, multiple layers of veilings and patterns that have their reference point in infinity. In her work, infinity is a cosmic space, a spiritual idea and a psychological abyss, and the attraction to this great nothing is both pleasurable and full of anxiety.”
Marie Laurberg, "Deep Surfaces," in Exh. Cat., Humlebaek, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Yayoi Kusama: In Infinity, 2015, p. 8

Contemporary Art Day Auction

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