Yayoi Kusama (草間 彌生)

Yayoi Kusama (Japan, *1929), Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, 2013

Yayoi Kusama (Japan, *1929), Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, 2013

About this Artwork

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Theory features two of the artist’s groundbreaking installations: Infinity Mirrored RoomThe Souls of Millions of Light Years Away (2013), consists of a room with mirrored walls filled with thousands of small lights, which appear as pulsating dots. These are infinitely reflected in the mirrors to create an illusory cosmos, which is experienced by a lone viewer, enabling each visitor to momentarily get lost in Kusama’s mesmerizing world. Conversely, the installation Guidepost to the Eternal Space (2015) invites audiences to gather amidst an environment in which white polka dots on a red background cover walls and structures, forming an outlandish landscape, confusing viewers’ perception and spatial orientation.

About Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama was born in Matsumoto, Japan, in 1929. She left Japan for New York at the age of 28, following a correspondence with Georgia O’Keeffe, and was soon participating in the city’s 1960s wave of happenings and avant-garde activities. In 1973, Kusama returned to Japan and began writing surrealistic novels and poetry. On November 12, 2008, Christie’s New York sold a work by her for $5.1 million, a record for a living female artist Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929) is arguably Japan’s most famous living artist. Her originality, innovation and powerful desire to communicate have propelled her through a career that has spanned six decades. During this time, Kusama has explored painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, collage, film and video, performance and installation, as well as product design. From the late 1950s to the early 1970s Kusama lived in New York and was at the forefront of many artistic innovations in the city. Returning to Japan in her forties, she rebuilt her career, waiting years for the international recognition she has recently achieved. Now in her eightieth year, she continues to make art, extending the range of her large-scale, dazzling installations and relentlessly hand-painting extensive series of minutely detailed figurative fantasy paintings. Kusama has exhibited widely around the world, including representing Japan at the Venice Biennale, and her work is in many major collections.

 

Yayoi Kusama Pumpkin,(II) (K.283), 2000, Screenprint in colours 15 × 17 9/10 in 38 × 45.5 cm Edition of 60

Yayoi Kusama: ‘Pumpkin,(II) (K.283), 2000, Screenprint in colours, signed, numbered, edition of 60, size: 15 × 17 9/10 in – 38 × 45.5 cm. From the portfolio “Amour pour Toujours”. Price upon request

 

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Yayoi Kusama – Japanese, b. 1929, Matsumoto City, Japan, based in Tokyo, Japan

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