Lot 219 Ravenel Autumn Auction 2021 Taipei

Ravenel Autumn Auction 2021 Taipei

The Waves of Midsummer

Yayoi KUSAMA (Japanese, 1929)


Acrylic on canvas

45.5 x 38 cm


TWD 9,000,000-15,000,000

HKD 2,514,000-4,190,000

USD 323,200-538,600

CNY 2,098,000-3,497,000

Sold Price

TWD 11,400,000

HKD 3,202,247

USD 411,255

CNY 2,620,690


Signed Yayoi Kusama, titled The Wave of Midsummer in Japanese on the reverse and dated 1988

This lot is to be sold with a registration card issued by Yayoi Kusama Studio.


The origin of the infinite network of creations stems not only from the mental illness that has plagued Yayoi Kusama for many years, but was also inspired from a concept that the artist saw the Pacific Ocean on the flight when she traveled to New York, and then fluctu- ated and expanded the sea network. From the mind to the canvas: this is also the reason why we can see a lot of paintings in Japanese kanji “wave” (ie water surface) in her works today. This piece was created by Kusama Yayoi in 1988, “The Wave of Midsummer”, which is comprised entirely of the most popular colors of the artist - red and black, and is used as a memory for the midsummer ocean. If we compare the colors of the hot and the hot to the midsummer, the dense black lines of the full picture represent the surface of the ocean which is turbulent due to the tides. An “unlimited net” com- posed of black thin lines covers the black tide. The lay- ered fine composition brings not only a multi-level visual experience to the picture, but the overlapping ripples are even more awe-inspiring. The moment this thought rises in the brain, it is like returning to the era when the artist was exposed to the sun – the wave of the midsum- mer.
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Modern & Contemporary Art

Ravenel Autumn Auction 2021 Taipei

Sunday, December 5, 2021, 2:00pm