Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929) is a contemporary Japanese artist whose career has spanned the artistic movements of Pop Art as well as Minimalism. She works in paintings, performances, presentations, installations, literature, film, fashion, and design. As a 6-year-old, Kusama hallucinated fields of polka dots spreading over every object, person, and surface in her view. As a result, her life long obsession of creating infinite webs of polka dots and arcs began. This concept of images without beginning, end, or center has informed her works, ranging from her “Infinity Nets” paintings to her instagram-famous, mirrored “Infinity Rooms”. Her process, no matter the medium, is conceived to give her fears and fascinations a physicality she can share with the public. Her idea of infinity is not only to represent the endlessness of her initial childhood hallucination but also the importance of the endless nature of many other concepts we may not grasp on our own, without a physical representation. Kusama has compared her polka dots to the infinity of love, disease, planetary orbs, the populous, and the entire universe. Her whimsical take, never shying away from bright colors or the appropriately used pumpkin, on such universally known and potentially distressing topics makes Kusama’s work unique, relatable, and pleasing to the eye.

As one of our time’s most influential artists, Kusama has been the subject of several solo shows, and major touring surveys that have achieved record-breaking attendance since her first solo show in her Native Japan in 1952. After establishing herself as an important avant-garde artist in New York in the mid 1960s, her work gained international widespread attention in the 1980s. Kusama represented Japan in 1993 at the Venice Biennale to critical acclaim. In recent news, David Zwirner Gallery hosted two concurrent solo exhibitions or new works in three gallery spaces across New York in 2017. In 2018, another tour of her infinity rooms is set to journey from D.C, to Ontario, to Seattle, and Los Angeles — finishing with 2019 stops in Cleveland and Atlanta. The Yayoi Kusama Museum opened October 1, 2017 in Tokyo, where Kusama currently resides and works.

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