YAYOI KUSAMA | DOTS ACCUMULATION
PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE ITALIAN COLLECTION
signed, titled and dated 1993 on the reverse
acrylic on canvas
This work is registered with the Yayoi Kusama Inc., Tokyo, and it is accompanied by an artist registration card issued by Yayoi Kusama, Inc.
(firmato, intitolato e datato 1993 sul retro
acrilico su tela
Opera registrata presso la Yayoi Kusama Inc., Tokyo, e accompagnata da scheda di registrazione dell'artista rilasciata dalla Yayoi Kusama Inc., Tokyo.)
cm 53x45,5; inches 20.9 by 17.9
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This work is in very good condition. No traces of retouching appear to be visible under UV light. (L'OPERA E' IN CONDIZIONI CONSERVATIVE MOLTO BUONE. NON VI SONO TRACCE DI RESTAURI VISIBILI SOTTO LA LAMPADA A RAGGI UV).
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Studio Guenzani, Milan
Acquired from the above by the present owner in circa 2005 (Ivi acquistato dall'attuale proprietario nel 2005 circa)
[Kusama] has been able to reverse the potentially deadly phenomenon of compulsive repetition. She has transformed it into art and thus planned out a path of healing. But it is not a process that can ever end in a single victory, in fact Kusama Yayoi has had to return unceasingly to the starting point to begin her sad battle again. [...] Her art has gone far beyond simply self-healing. [...] Kusama Yayoi has emerged as the glorious victor from a battle that had lasted for more than half a century.
Asada Akira, La vittoria di Kusama Yayoi, in "Nami", July 1999
[Kusama] ha saputo rovesciare il fenomeno, potenzialmente mortale, della ripetizione compulsiva, lo ha trasformato in arte e ha pianificato cosi un percorso di guarigione. Ma non e' un processo che possa concludersi con una singola vittoria, e infatti Kusama Yayoi e' dovuta tornare incessantemente al punto di partenza per ricominciare la sua triste battaglia. [...] La sua arte e' arrivata ben oltre la semplice auto-guarigione. [...] Kusama Yayoi e' emersa come gloriosa vincitrice da una battaglia durata per piu' di mezzo secolo.
Image: Yayoi Kusama with Lucio Fontana, 1966 circa. Courtesy of Yayoi Kusama Inc.