Yayoi Kusama's Statue of Venus could make $504,000

Yayoi Kusama's Statue of Venus Obliterated by Infinity Nets is among the star lots of a contemporary art day sale at Christie's.

It's expected to make £280,000-350,000 ($402,920-503,650) ahead of the auction on February 12.

Venus Kusama Christies
Kusama produced the sculpture in an edition of 10

The sculpture is one of an edition of 10 produced for a 1998 exhibition in New York.

Christie's comments: "An avant-garde twist on a classically iconic sculpture, Yayoi Kusama's Statue of Venus Obliterated by Infinity Nets is seductive, vibrant, and hypnotic�Ǫ

"A Japanese woman, Kusama grew up exposed to a wide array of remarkable patterns in the fabrics and textiles used to make traditional Japanese clothing- an early source of inspiration for her Infinity Nets which demonstrate her inherent understanding of complex design."

Kusama has experienced powerful neuroses and hallucinations since she was a child. Her mental health has been a defining feature in the development of her artwork.  

Since 1977 she has lived in a psychiatric hospital in Tokyo, where she maintains a studio.

Kusama explained: "My nets grew beyond myself and beyond the canvases I was covering with them. They began to cover walls, the ceiling, and finally the whole universe.

"I was always standing at the centre of the obsession, over the passionate accretion and repetition inside of me."

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