Yayoi Kusama

Born in 1929 in Nagano, Japan, Yayoi Kusama is one of the leading figures in the Japanese avant-garde movement. Although she’s widely known as a sculptor and painter, Kusama is also an installation artist, photographer, novelist, performance artist, and conceptual artist.

She moved to the U.S. in 1957 and rose to fame in the New York art scene in the 1960s. She performed thought-provoking Happenings and exhibited immersive sculptures with pumpkins, polka dots, and lights. Kusama not only elevated pop and feminist art but also influenced famous artists like Andy Warhol. Her work has been exhibited at the MoMA and Tate Modern.

Why is Yayoi Kusama obsessed with Pumpkins?

A life without art would be soundless, tasteless, and shapeless; essentially, an abyss. A life without art would be dull because art is beneath the structure of everything and anything that matters. No one recognizes its fundamental need to society and audiences more than artist Yayoi Kusama does. Yayoi Kusama has consolidated a name for …

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Yayoi Kusama’s most outstanding sculptures – Pumpkins & Flowers

Celebrating her 90th birthday in 2019, Yayoi Kusama is a leading Japanese artist and legend as far as art is concerned. While she deliberately makes unique pieces that can withstand the wear and tear of the outdoors, she is renowned for reproducing her art on a monumental scale when need be. Her career spans over …

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Yayoi Kusama’s Yellow Trees covers entire buildings in New York

In celebration of Yayoi Kusama’s past retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art earlier in 2012, two off-site projects took place. In one of them, Kusama’s rhythmic dotted “Yellow Tree motif transformed a construction site in the Meatpacking District in Manhattan into a giant canvas. A detail of the original painting Yellow Trees (1994) …

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