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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Yayoi Kusama: Festival of Life

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Acacia, olor a muerte

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Hustlers Grotto

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Kusamatrix: Kusama Yayoi

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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

“The machinery of the sky that confounds us on earth with endless transformations of clouds in the light of dawn does not compare to the extraordinary tenacity of human beings, the way of human life, the presentiment of approaching death, the existence of love, the brilliant coruscations of light and the dark scars of our lives, to say nothing of the incomprehensible form of the cosmos and the overwhelming mysteries of space, time, distance.”
Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Net: The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama

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