Whether she’s painting, sculpting, making an installation or acting out a performance piece, Japanese avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama consistently creates works of the utmost visual appeal. Early in her career, she adopted a visual language of polka dots that went on to become a unifying thread of her work, as demonstrated in Nets & Red No. 8. Kusama represented Japan at the Venice Biennale in 1993, and her work has performed strongly at auction: in November 2008, Christie’s New York sold a work by Kusama for $5,100,000, a record for a living female artist.
After living in Tokyo and France, Kenzo Okada moved to New York City in 1950, when Abstract Expressionism was reaching its apex. Okada’s paintings from that decade, of which there are two in our sale, reflect the influence of color field painters like Mark Rothko, while at the same time maintaining a distinctly Japanese sensibility.
Post-War & Contemporary Art