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Statue of Venus Obliterated by Infinity Nets

1998
84 1/2 x 57 1/2 in. (214.6 x 146.1 cm)

Yayoi Kusama
Japanese

Object Type: Sculpture
Medium and Support: Acrylic on fiberglass and canvas
Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 2013.20.1-2
Location: Currently on view
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Edition: 5/10


Yayoi Kusama is best known for her “infinity nets,” which have been a lifelong obsession for the artist. She has described the nets—a single arc of paint repeated endlessly—as a manifestation of her self-obliteration, in which she feels herself “dissolving and accumulating, proliferating and separating” into her art.

MAG’s Venus is number five from a suite of ten, each painted with a different pair of colors. For their original installation, Kusama placed ten life-sized reproductions of the Venus de Milo in a circle. She wrote, “The body of Venus, the paragon of physical beauty, disappeared among the nets.”

[Hawks Gallery reinstallation, summer 2019]

Provenance
Private collector, Korea; sold by that collector at Seoul Auction, Hong Kong, May 30, 2011, as lot 36; purchased at that sale by a private collector; sold by that owner through Christie's New York; purchased from them by the Gallery in 2013

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