Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama

From her paintings on canvas to her room-sized installations, Yayoi Kusama creates vision-encompassing experiences, often through brightly colored and obsessively repeated motifs. Born in Matsumoto, Japan, in 1929, the artist studied the traditional painting technique nihonga at the Kyoto Municipal School of Arts in 1948. Uninspired with the style, Kusama instead became enamored with the European and US art worlds at the time, and began to make her own experimental work. In 1957, she moved to New York, and quickly established herself in the avant-garde scene alongside Andy Warhol, Allan Kaprow, and others. The artist staged performative happenings and, starting in 1965, began to make “Infinity Mirror Rooms,” usually featuring a platform, a pool of water, numerous light bulbs, and multiple mirrors. In 1973, the artist moved back to Japan, where she continues to live and work. The artist has had retrospective exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, and the Tate Modern, London. An exhibition devoted to the artist’s room-sized installations, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, is on view until May 14, 2017, at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., and will subsequently travel to the Seattle Art Museum, The Broad, Los Angeles, and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.

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