Yayoi Kusama | the artist




The artist Yayoi Kusama
Born 1929, Matsumoto, Japan.

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Yayoi Kusama established herself in New York from 1957 to 1973, where she frequented Donald Judd and Frank Stella.  Rapidly assmilated to the New York avant-garde, the artist appeared as one of the precursors of pop art and of environmental art.  At the end of the 1960ís in Europe she joined the group Zero of Piero Manzoni and Yves Klein…
Infinity Mirror Room…Phalli s Field
Kusama began her career by showing paintings in New York. These "net paintings" were large works with circular repetitive patterns. Her first sculpture (probably 1961) was an armchair covered with stuffed fabric phallic shapes and painted white…
Works in the MOMA collection
Kusama: Princess of Polka Dots is a feature documentary work-in-progress about avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama. The paparazzi nicknamed her the Polka Dot Princess in the 1960s when she lived in New York City. At that time, she rivaled Andy Warhol for press attention. Now in her late seventies, Kusama is considered Japanís greatest living artist.
Though she was generally unknown just months ago, fame is not new to Yayoi Kusama. There was a time when she was as well-known as Andy Warhol among admirers of Pop Art. Acknowledged as a progenitor of Minimalism, Kusama made headlines for street performances in which she painted polka dots on nude men and women. But Kusama was largely forgotten by the art world after she returned to Japan in 1973, suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder. She was committed to a mental institution, where she remains to this day…

the characteristics of kusama’s work are driven by a mental illness that has afflicted her since childhood. she has always been caught up in a powerful obsession to fill space with identical patterns. the artist’s work has been discussed in terms of the sites where it has been made and the forms
which she has used. her work moves between impulsiveness and deliberation, and although working since the 1950s, she continues to produce new variations on her work which are ultimately derived the same principle. her work is not just hallucinations, but rather a precise and obsessive research
into the troubling elements of perception: dots, nets, mirrors…



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