Infinity Net: The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama
In 1957, encouraged by Georgia O’Keeffe, artist Yayoi Kusama left Japan for New York City to become a star. By the time she returned to her home country in 1973, she had established herself as a leader of New York’s avant-garde movement, known for creating happenings and public orgies to protest the Vietnam War and for the polka dots that had become a trademark of her work...more
I was drawn to the work of Yayoi Kusama when I visited one of her Infinity Rooms at the Art Gallery of Ontario recently. I picked up her autobiography the same day at the art gallery’s gift shop. Repetition and Multiplication is her approach, whether it be the mirror balls in the Infinity Room or the multitude of polka dots of her first exhibition in New York ...more
I did struggle with her ego in this book, not one for great moments of humility or reflection on how she (appeared) to treat people. As an artist myself, I wanted to know more about how she used her art as a way to manage her mental instability, and this book almost skimmed across that.
There are some nice moments in ...more
This was incredible. Incredible person, incredible artist, incredible message. It reads less like an account of someone's life and more like having a cool conversation with an older relative about their wild life in their 20s, now that you're old enough to understand all the scandalizing stuff they did. My only regret is that I read it after seeing her 2017 US retr ...more
Now I read her autobiography and I fall in love with her life and her thoughts.
Kusama is a strong woman who fought hard against her family and the rules which tying all women in that years.
Kusama is not a mental patient, she dreams a better world this is only her illness.
I also appreciated the conte ...more
Artists' voices are important, although she also states:
Most truly talented artists are inarticulate with language. The greater the genius, the less eloquent he or she is likel ...more
- the substantial footnotes combined is like a mini history lesson of contemporary art in especially New York
- this book provides a comprehensive understanding of Yayoi Kusama both as a person and an artist
- her observation of the other artists at her time (from one artist to another, as a peer and a competitor)
- some paragraphs feel disconnecting to another, or just don’t flow smoothly. Ex: jumping from one perspective to another, this sentence’s viewpoint contracts with the nex ...more
It was a little intimidating, but yet incredibly affirming. What I especially enjoyed was learning about the "greats" of contemporary art and learning that a lot of them were a little weird, and in the end, just human. It reminds me that instead of trying to cultivate an image of what you should be as an artist, you should just DO the work. There's no need to be intentionally mysterious, to be intentionally weird.
I've taken a lot away from this, an ...more