Yayoi Kusama's Artistic Journey Illustrated in New Graphic Novel

A look into the life of one of the best-known artists of our time.

By
Arts
6,797 Hypes 0 Comments

Although widely-anticipated Yayoi Kusama exhibitions, like the retrospective at Gropius Bau in Berlin and the monumental outdoor exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden, have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are other ways to appreciate the prolific artist’s work. For the first time ever, Italian-Thai cartoonist Elisa Macellari has created a graphic novel of Kusama’s life, titled KUSAMA: A Graphic Biography.

The vivid graphic biography details Kusama’s rise to fame, from her departure from Japan as a young artist, her transition to the buzzing New York art scene in the 1960s and her eventual return home. Spanning 128 pages and featuring 400 illustrations, the book captures some of her most iconic works, including her polka-dotted sewn and stuffed shapes and nature-inspired paintings.

Starting September 15, KUSAMA: A Graphic Biography will be available to purchase on Laurence King’s website for $19.99 USD.

In other news, mixed-media artist and designer Matthew Senna has crafted a new sneaker-inspired sculpture edition.

Read Full Article

What to Read Next

Black Flag, Samuel Beckett and the Last Supper Inspire Lad Musician FW20
Fashion

Black Flag, Samuel Beckett and the Last Supper Inspire Lad Musician FW20

Diverse influences yield vivid prints and disparate silhouettes.

Nas Announces New Music With Hit-Boy Releasing Next Week
Music

Nas Announces New Music With Hit-Boy Releasing Next Week

His 13th album is on the way.

'Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout' Players Are Already Using Hacks to Cheat
Gaming

'Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout' Players Are Already Using Hacks to Cheat

Just days after the game’s release.


Matthew Senna Unveils Resin and Concrete Air Jordan 4 Sculptures
Arts

Matthew Senna Unveils Resin and Concrete Air Jordan 4 Sculptures

Both iterations to arrive in a custom box for $450 USD.

Jared Leto Confirms He'll Play Andy Warhol in Upcoming Film
Entertainment

Jared Leto Confirms He'll Play Andy Warhol in Upcoming Film

Details surrounding the biopic were first revealed in 2016.

AURALEE Imagines Minimalist New Balance FuelCell Speedrift Sneakers
Footwear

AURALEE Imagines Minimalist New Balance FuelCell Speedrift Sneakers

Two collaborative models are offered in muted makeups.

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Help us serve you better

We appreciate your support in allowing HYPEBEAST ads, where we can share contents from the latest fashion, to those culturally relevant. By adding HYPEBEAST to your ad blocker's whitelist, ads on our sites will show while you continue to browse.