Yayoi Kusama (born Nagano-ken, Japan 1929) remains one of the most prolific and eccentric figures in the contemporary art world today. Best know perhaps for her repetition of motifs such as polka dots, pumpkins and infinitely painted loops, Kusama is not bound by any one medium. Instead her practice spans painting, sculpture, drawing, collage, print, installation and even crosses over into literature and the world of fashion, most notably collaborating with Louis Vuitton in 2012.
She has remained singularly unique, avoiding broader codification despite being associated with movements such as Surrealism, Eccentric Abstraction, Minimalism and Pop Art amongst others. Her ability to transcend classification has given her wide appeal and her museum shows have garnered record visitor numbers across the world.
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
National Gallery of Singapore: Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow (travelled to Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia)
National Art Center, Tokyo: Yayoi Kusama: My Eternal Soul
Daegu Art Museum, Korea: Yayoi Kusama: A Dream I Dreamed
(travelled to: Shanghai MOCA, Shanghai, China, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Art, Taiwan and National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan).
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York: Yayoi Kusama
(travelled to: Tate Modern, London - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, and Centre Pompidou, Paris)
Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid: Yayoi Kusama
(travelled to Centre Pompidou, Paris, Tate Modern, London and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York)
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo: Yayoi Kusama Retrospective
Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art, Fukuoka, Japan: Yayoi Kusama
Jenni Sorkin, Yayoi Kusama, David Zwirner Books, 2018.
Mika Yoshitake, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, Prestel, New York, 2017.
Catherine Yaft, Laura Hoptman and Akira Tatehata, Yayoi Kusama, Phaidon, 2017.
Marie Laurberg, Lecturer Jo Applin, Stefan Wurrer, Yayoi Kusama and Marie Jacobsen, Yayoi Kusama: In Infinity, Humlebaek, Denmark, 2015.
Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Net: The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama, The University of Chicago Press, 2012.
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
Centre Pompdou, Paris
Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Tate Modern, London
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis