Yayoi Kusama @ The Whitney

A retrospective exhibition of the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is currently on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC from July 12th to September 30th.

I was unaware of the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama until I ran across this article about her retrospective show at the Whitney in the New York Times. Kusama spent a decade in the US in the 1960s and was associated with American artists, Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, and Joseph Cornell. She has had a life struggle with hallucinations that she says has inspired her work and at 83 she is still producing art in Japan. It is always nice to run into new artists.

From the Whitney site:

“Born in Japan in 1929, Kusama came to the United States in 1957 and quickly found herself at the epicenter of the New York avant-garde. After achieving fame through groundbreaking exhibitions and art “happenings,” she returned to her native country in 1973 and is now one of Japan’s most prominent contemporary artists.”

Here is an interview with Kusama by Grady Turner from the Winter 1999 issue of “Bomb” magazine which is quite fascinating.


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