Response to October 26, 2018 Statement by Guangzhou Micro Oxygenation Art Co., Limited 广州微充氧文化艺术有限公司

On October 26 2018, Guangzhou Micro Oxygenation Art Co., Limited, (广州微充氧文化艺术有限公司), the organizer of the exhibition entitled“Welcome to the International Pop Art Great Works Exhibition (你好!波普世界国际波普艺大师作品联展)” held in Jiangdong (江东), announced publicly that print works by Yayoi Kusama in the exhibition were from the collection of Whitestone Gallery Company Limited.

After the issue of this announcement, Whitestone Gallery carried out an investigation into the matter and can confirm that it sold only three original prints by Yayoi Kusama to Guangzhou Micro Oxygenation Art Co., Limited. All works by Yayoi Kusama offered by Whitestone Gallery for sale are confirmed as authentic works by Yayoi Kusama Studio, in keeping with standard industry practice. Whitestone Gallery provided proof of authenticity to Guangzhou Micro Oxygenation Art Co., Limited. Apart from the sale of these three works (original and authentic, as confirmed by Yayoi Kusama Studio), Whitestone Gallery has not sold any other works to Guangzhou Micro Oxygenation Art Co., Limited and has not had any involvement whatsoever with the above exhibition.

The October 26 statement by Guangzhou Micro Oxygenation Art Co., Limited is grossly misleading, as it implies that all the Yayoi Kusama works that were exhibited at the above-mentioned exhibition were sold by Whitestone Gallery. And given the fact that the mass media – including online articles, newspaper and TV news – have provided coverage suggesting that that all artworks exhibited at the exhibition were forgeries, the general public is left with the entirely mistaken and highly damaging impression that Whitestone Gallery sold forgeries to the organizer.

The statement by Guangzhou Micro Oxygenation Art Co., Limited was made without Whitestone’s permission and is false, groundless and defamatory. We strongly object to Guangzhou Micro Oxygenation Art Co., Limited’s announcement, and urge them to make a new announcement without delay to acknowledge that the original announcement provided false and misleading information to the public with respect to Whitestone Gallery and that Whitestone Gallery’s name should not have been included in that announcement; and to make an apology to Whitestone Gallery for the wrongful and misleading use of its name.

Whitestone Gallery has already sent a demand letter to Guangzhou Micro Oxygenation Art Co., Limited and we expect a prompt response from them. Meanwhile, Whitestone Gallery appreciates the general public’s understanding of its current situation.

November 1, 2018