Yayoi Kusama's Fear of Death will lead contemporary art sale

Yayoi Kusama's Fear of Death will headline Christie's Contemporary Curated sale in London on March 15.

It's expected to make around £250,000-350,000 ($356,925-499,695).

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Yayoi Kusama was a leading light of the New York art scene in the 1960s

Kusama left Japan for the US in the late 1950s, where she established herself as a unique voice in New York's avant garde art scene. Her work was a major influence on Andy Warhol, among others.

Over the years she has suffered with serious mental health issues and for most of the last 40 years has been living voluntarily in an institute in Tokyo.

Her illness is characterised by intense visual hallucinations, which inform her work.

She explains: "My room, my body, the entire universe was filled with [patterns], my self was eliminated, and I had returned and been reduced to the infinity of eternal time and the absolute of space.

"This was not an illusion but reality."

Anthony Gormley's Insider VIII/ Weeds I is expected to sell for £150,000-200,000 ($213,855-285,140).

Gormley is a contemporary artist from the UK best known for his large scale public artworks, including the Angel of the North in Tyneside.  

The present lot is a cast iron figure produced in 1998 and number five of an edition of five.

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