Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama is widely considered one of the most important living artists today and a landmark figure in the history of female artists and feminist art. Kusama moved to New York in 1957 where she established herself as an artist by staging a series of politically provocative happenings in the heart of New York City’s financial district. At the same time, Kusama was developing her signature infinity net paintings, in which she painted tiny arcs repetitiously on a solid background. The works’ obsessive, hallucinatory quality and dot motif resurface again and again in her artmaking. Both a representation of the artist and of her view of the world, these paintings bring the viewer into a cosmos of the artist and of the universe.

She returned to Japan in 1972 and regained widespread recognition in the late 1980s following a number of international solo exhibitions. She represented Japan in 1993 at the 45th Venice Biennale to much critical acclaim. In the decades since Kusama arrived in New York City, she has produced highly influential work that spans painting, performance, room-size installations, large outdoor sculpture, fashion, design, poetry, and fiction.