Yayoi Kusama’s Previously Unseen Painting Set to Be Offered at an Auction

Yayoi Kusama Exhibit, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Sonja Henies vei, Høvikodden, Норвегия
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In 1950, Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama started working on a series of paintings, “Infinity Nets.” The paintings featured variations of dots and net patterns on canvas and were inspired by Kusama’s hallucinations. The series went on to become one of the artist’s most celebrated and famous works.

Now, one of the paintings from Infinity Nets, which has never been seen before, is being auctioned off by auction house Bonhams. The painting, measuring at 6.5 feet tall, was created in 1995 and features a split composition.

One on side there is a net with red treads on a black background and field of black polka dots on red background on the other side. This is one of the rare examples of Kusama combining nets and dots in a single piece.

The painting will be part of the Modern and Contemporary Art auction in Hong Kong. Bonhams estimates that the piece could fetch a price of around $5.1 million.

“Immersive and compelling, this artwork skillfully combines Kusama’s renowned obsessional, repetitive, and mesmerizing qualities,” Bonhams said in a press release. “The endlessly looping and repeating whorls serve as a key motif reused throughout her career, reflecting both her personal history and inner state.