Point out in family photo. Other picture, she’s around age 10.
When her parents divorced, she went with her dad, who was more encouraging (or at least not so discouraging) of her art.Thehallucinations included seeing auras around objects or hearing plants and animals talk.Needless to say, she had many mental and nervous disorders
The PartingART was her way to live, but her art was just too much for Japan at the time… She needed to express her art more freely. AMERICA was her only option.
Nihonga – Japanese-style painting
Naoshima – 40-minute ferry trip from the Shikoku city of Takamatsu
Side note: 1,000,000 yen sewn into dress to get through airport.
Yet she burned American flags…
Who’s Who is where Kusama first found O’Keeffe as a contact.Worsening hallucinations.
PrefectureYoungest of four children of Kamon and ShigeruKusama.
What led Kusama in becoming an artist? God of the wind 1955
Early Works Corpses 1950 Accumulation of the corpses 1950Earth of Accumulation1950
In 1948, Kusama entered a four-year course of study at the Kyoto Municipal School of Arts and Crafts.Studied Nihonga, which is _____-_____ _____. Japanese-Style PaintingShe hated classes. They were too oppressive and tainted by hierarchy. Needed freedom Had to get to America
NihongaLingering Dream 1949 Face No.5 watercolor, Chinese ink, pastel on paper 1953 The Germ 1952Bud Chinese ink on paper 1952 Flower Bud No.6 1952
Georgia O’Keefe was Kusama’s first and greatest benefactor. Greatest asset of getting Kusama to America. She sent her fourteen watercolors.In 1956, Kusama secures a solo exhibition at Seattle’s Dusanne Gallery. OFF TO AMERICA! Untitled 1954
Dots… Infinity nets… Dots! Kusama moves to New York to really get her new life going. She accomplishes this through psychological patterns of dots.In 1961, her art spread beyond the canvasto an environmental sculptor.
What’s the fascination?“The monotony produced by repetitive patterns bewildered the viewer, while hypnotic serenity drew the spirit into a vertigo of nothingness.” (23)It was by this method that she explored the unbounded universe and the infinite infinities beyond.
Psychosomatic art… any ideas?Working through internal conflict or stress by…
Aggregation: One Thousand Boats Show 1965999 pictures of the boat line a room with the original. 1000
Hundreds of Thousands Aggression: One Thousand Boats Show 1965Phallus Field 1965 Accumulation 1964
Became “Queen of the Hippies”Kusama began her Happenings in the late 1960s.Childhood experience with sex brought about her mindset.She herself had no sex.Like a true hippie, believed war was wrong.Also believed that sex and drugs were awesome. Accumulation of Nets 1961
“Behind the impulse to fight is the simple fact that men have penises.” (45)
Kusama’s Peep Show 1966And flashing lights and mirrors and drugs all go so well toge
National Identity“America is really the country that raised me, and I owe what I have become to her.” (61)Felt ostracized by her home country, Japan.
All over the world!Returned to Japan in 1970 for a few months.Throughout 1971, exploredEurope with Rome as her base.Back to New York in 1972, where she was first listed in Who’s Who. (She has been listed in Man Catching the Insect, 1971 Who’s Who ever since.)Finally, returned to Japan in February 1975 due to illness.
Kusama’s works all over the worldMuseum of Modern Art, New YorkLos Angeles County Museum of Art, Los AngelesWalker Art Center, MinneapolisTate Modern, LondonStedelijkMuseum, AmsterdamCentre Pompidou, ParisNational Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.Fireflies on the Water 2002 – Located at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New Yor
Works CitedKusama, Yayoi. Infinity Net: The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama. Chicago: University of Chicago, 2011.Kusama, Yayoi, JaapGuldemond, Franck Gautherot, Seung-Duk Kim, DiedrichDiederichsen, Midori Yamamura, and Lily Van DerStokker. Yayoi Kusama, Mirrored Years. [Dijon]: Leses Du Réel, 2009.Kusama, Yayoi. "Yayoi Kusama Official Site." Yayoi Kusama Official Site. Web. 24 Oct. 2012. <http://www.yayoi-kusama.jp/>.Morris, Frances, and Yayoi Kusama. Yayoi Kusama. New York: Distributed Art, 2012. Dots Obsession 1999
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