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16 February 2010  |  Contemporary Art   |  Article

Cross-Cultural Journeys: Yayoi Kusama and Kenzo Okada

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.


Related Sale
Sale 2294
First Open Post-War and Contemporary Art
11 Mar 2010
New York, Rockefeller Plaza

Related Departments
Post-War & Contemporary Art

Related Artists
Yayoi Kusama
Kenzo Okada

Keywords
Drawings & Watercolors
Paintings
Yayoi Kusama
Kenzo Okada
1950s
Japan
Post War

Lot 161, Sale 2294
Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929)
Nets & Red No 8
Price Realized: $32,500


Lot 158, Sale 2294
Kenzo Okada (1902-1982)
Red-Black
Price Realized: $37,500