Kusama Yayoi


Kusama Yayoi

Yayoi Kusama (草間 彌生 or 草間 弥生)
born March 22, 1929 is a Japanese artist and writer.
Throughout her career she has worked in a wide variety of mediums, including painting, collage, sculpture, performance art and environmental installations, most of which exhibit her thematic interest in psychadelic colors, repetition and pattern.

Kusama came to public attention after she organized a series of Body Festivals in which naked participants were painted with brightly colored polka dots.

Early life: 1929–1949
Born in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture
Early success in Japan: 1950–1956
New York City: 1957–1972
Return to Japan: 1973–present

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A quote of hers:

"... a polka-dot has the form of the sun, which is a symbol of the energy of the whole world and our living life, and also the form of the moon, which is calm.
Round, soft, colorful, senseless and unknowing. Polka-dots become movement...
Polka dots are a way to infinity."

almost like Daruma


Yayoi Kusama, Japan’s Most Celebrated Contemporary Artist,
Illustrates Alice in Wonderland

Down the rabbit hole in colorful dots, twisted typography, and strange eye conditions.

A breathtaking piece of visual philosophy to complement Carroll’s timeless vision, Kusama’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is the latest affirmation of what appears to be the season of exceptionally beautiful books.
source : www.brainpickings.org


Man-Hating Artist Kusama Covers Tate Modern in Dots: Interview

On a chilly February morning, an 82- year-old Japanese woman is wheeled into the Tate Modern gallery in London, wearing a fringed red wig and a polka-dot dress matching the balloons hanging all around.

She is the painter, peacenik and performance artist Yayoi Kusama, who made a splash in 1960s New York before heading home a decade later and then checking herself into the mental hospital where she still lives. Tate has opened a retrospective of her work, featuring polka dots, limp sculptures of the male organ and psychedelic rooms beamed with swirling colored spots.

source : www.bloomberg.com

Our in-progress feature documentary is focused on Yayoi Kusama's impact on the 60s NY art world, when she rivaled pop legend Andy Warhol for press
Watch her here :
source : www.youtube.com



. 草間弥生


Avant-garde artist Kusama tries balloons

Famed avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama unveiled her latest works, made of huge balloons, before they are displayed this weekend at an art festival in Tokyo's Roppongi district.

"Yayoi-chan," a 10-meter-tall balloon girl, and
"Ring-Ring," a 4-meter-tall balloon dog,
both decorated with her signature polka dots motif, will be shown at the Roppongi Hills complex during Roppongi Art Night on Saturday and Sunday.

The arts fest also includes events at other area sites, including Tokyo Midtown and the National Art Center, Tokyo.

According to Kusama, "Yayoi-chan" embodies both her childhood and her current life, and symbolizes peace and hope. "Ring-Ring" is the pet dog of "Yayoi-chan."

Kusama gave a speech in front of the two works Thursday, saying she has long believed in the power of love and art.

source : www.japantimes.co.jp


Haiku and Senryu

what are
seasons to Japan...
without dots ?

- Shared by Louis Osofsky ‎
Joys of Japan, March 2012

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