Yayoi Kusama


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in Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan
March 22, 1929

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Avant-garde Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama was an influential figure in the postwar New York art scene, staging provocative happenings and exhibiting works such as her “Infinity Nets”, hallucinatory paintings of loops and dots (and physical representations of the idea of infinity). Narcissus Garden, an installation of hundreds of mirrored balls, earned Kusama notoriety at the 1966 Venice Biennale, where she attempted to sell the individual spheres to passersby. Kusama counted Donald Judd and Eva Hesse among her close friends, and is often considered an influence on Andy Warhol and a precursor to Pop art. Since her return to Japan in the 1970s, Kusama's work has continued to appeal to the imagination and the senses, including dizzying walk-in ...more

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Infinity Net: The Autobiogr...

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Yayoi Kusama: The Little Me...

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Yayoi Kusama: Give Me Love

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Hi, Konnichiwa: Yayoi Kusam...

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Yayoi Kusama: Festival of Life

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Acacia, olor a muerte

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Hustlers Grotto

3.33 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 1998
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Kusamatrix: Kusama Yayoi

4.33 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 2004
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Yayoi Kusama: Obsesi�n Infi...

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3.50 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 2000
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“All of my works are steps on my journey, a struggle for truth that I have waged with pen, canvas, and materials. Overhead is a distant, radiant star, and the more I stretch to reach it, the further it recedes. But by the power of my spirit and my single-hearted pursuit of the path, I have clawed my way through the labyrinthine confusion of the world of people in an unstinting effort to approach even one step closer to the realm of the soul.”
Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Net: The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama

“Polka dots can't stay alone. When we obliterate nature and our bodies with polka dots we become part of the unity of our environments.”
Yayoi Kusama, Yayoi Kusama

“I work as much as fifty to sixty hours at a stretch," Kusama wrote in a 1961 article of her entrancing, utterly consuming creative process. "I gradually feel myself under the spell of the accumulation and repetition in my nets which expand beyond myself, and over the limited space of canvas, covering the floor, desks and everywhere.”
Yayoi Kusama, Yayoi Kusama: Early Drawings From The Collection Of Richard Castellane

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