Yayoi Kusama is that rare thing: an artist who has achieved truly global acclaim. In a wide-ranging career spanning sever decades and multiple media, she has established profound connections with audiences around the world. Emerging at the forefront of artistic experimentation in Aisa in the mid-20th century, Kusama soon became a central figure in the New York art scene of the 1960s. Now in her nineties, Kusama continues to communicate her highly personal and spiritual world view through her art.
Yayoi Kusama: 1945 to Now (English Edition) is the most comprehensive survey of her work to date. Published to accompany a major Kusama retrospective at the new M+ museum in Hong Kong, the volume is structured around six thematic sections, ‘Infinity’, ‘Accumulation’, ‘The Biocosmic’, ‘Radical Connectivity’, ‘Death’ and ‘Joy of Life’, each of which is intended to elucidate the aesthetic and philosophical concerns at the heart of the artist’s oeuvre.
This book features selections from Kusama’s hitherto unpublished writings, as well as correspondence with Georgia O’Keeffe, an interview with critic and curator Yoshie Yoshida, and a roundtable discussion from leading curators and Kusama experts. Also included are essays exploring different aspects of her practice, and a detailed illustrated chronology that places her life’s work in context. Appealing not only to those already familiar with Kusama and her work, but also to anyone discovering if for the first time, this monograph reveals an artist who, while shaped by international artistic currents, remains deeply connected to the traditions and culture of her native Japan.
Also available in Chinese.
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Authors: Doryun Chong, Alex A. Jones, Yayoi Kusama, Suhanya Raffel, Isabella Tam, Mika Yoshitake
Editors: Doryun Chong, Mika Yoshitake
Size: 28.0 x 22.1 cm