Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese writer and artist. She was born in Japan as the fourth child in a conservative and prosperous family, who made a fortune from seed nurseries. Kusama has been reported to have an obsessive personality, sometimes suicidal and experiencing hallucinations.In 1948 she left home to enter a senior class at Kyoto Municipal School of Arts and Crafts, where she studied Nihonga painting, graduating the following year. By 1950, Kusama received early success for her work. She would depict natural forms in watercolor and gouache, often using polka dots which became a trademark of her work. The field of polka dots she employed she called “infinity nets,” which she says were taken directly from her hallucinations. After living in Tokyo, Kusama left to the U.S. at age 27, living in new york city and seattle. She was close to American artist Georgia O’keeffe, whom she used as a contact to establish her reputation as a leader in the avant-garde movement. She was very active in the American art scene and was very productive, by 1966 she was experimenting with room-sized canvasses, free standing installations and more. However, Kusama never profited financially from her work, whilst being constantly hospitalized for overwork. Kusama was also an active and vocal protester, often organizing outlandish protests. In 1966, Kusama participated in her first Veenice Biennale. In 1973, Kusama returned to Japan in poor health and began writing short stories and poetry. She checked herself into the Seiwa Hospital for the Mentally Ill, where she still resides by choice. Kusama has received numbers awards and recognitions, such as the Asahi Prize (2001), Ordre des Arts et des Lettres(2003), and the National Lifetime Achievement Awards, the Order of the Rising Sun (2006). In October 2006, Yayoi Kusama became the first Japanese woman to receive the Praemium Imperiale, one of Japan's most prestigious prizes for internationally recognized artists. She also received the Person of Cultural Merit (2009) and the Ango awards (2014).

A Look Inside Tate Modern's "Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms" Exhibition
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A Look Inside Tate Modern's "Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms" Exhibition

Running until June 2022.

Unseen Works by Yayoi Kusama Auctions for a Total Of $15.2 Million USD at Bonhams
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Unseen Works by Yayoi Kusama Auctions for a Total Of $15.2 Million USD at Bonhams

The highest-selling piece was priced at $4,590,313 USD.

10 of the Best Art Exhibitions Reopening in London in 2021
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10 of the Best Art Exhibitions Reopening in London in 2021

From big names like Hockney and Kusama to the launch of London Gallery Weekend.

Yayoi Kusama’s Whimsical 'Cosmic Nature' Exhibition Opens at the New York Botanical Garden
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Yayoi Kusama’s Whimsical 'Cosmic Nature' Exhibition Opens at the New York Botanical Garden

Touching on her inspiration and connection to nature.

Light and Art Festival "Noor Riyadh" Illuminates The Capital City
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Light and Art Festival "Noor Riyadh" Illuminates The Capital City

60 international artists transform Riyadh into a giant art gallery.

Rare Artwork Gifted by Yayoi Kusama to Her Doctor Could Sell for up to $14 Million USD
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Rare Artwork Gifted by Yayoi Kusama to Her Doctor Could Sell for up to $14 Million USD

The prolific artist had used her works as currency to pay for her medical treatments.

New York Botanical Garden Announces 2021 Dates for Major Yayoi Kusama Exhibition
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New York Botanical Garden Announces 2021 Dates for Major Yayoi Kusama Exhibition

Mark your calendars.

Robert Shore Spotlights "The Queen of Polka Dots" in New Yayoi Kusama Book
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Robert Shore Spotlights "The Queen of Polka Dots" in New Yayoi Kusama Book

With illustrations portraying the artist in different stages of her life.

Yayoi Kusama Will Present Her Largest 'Infinity Mirror Room' at Tate Modern
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Yayoi Kusama Will Present Her Largest 'Infinity Mirror Room' at Tate Modern

Alongside a presentation of photographs chronicling the artist’s prolific career.

David Zwirner Presents New Works by Yayoi Kusama, Raymond Pettibon and More
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David Zwirner Presents New Works by Yayoi Kusama, Raymond Pettibon and More

Pieces that reflect on these unprecedented times.

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