Growing up in Japan, Yayoi Kusama dreamed of becoming an artist. In the fields of her family’s nurseries she drew flowers and plants and stones, imagining the world around her as streams and clusters and arrays of dots. After studying traditional painting in Japan, Kusama moved to New York City, where she quickly became famous for her paintings patterned with dots.
Now eighty-eight years old and one of the most popular artists in the world, Kusama lives in Japan and still makes art every day. “Our earth is only one polka dot among a million stars in the cosmos,” the artist has said. “Polka dots are a way to infinity.”
Written by Sarah Suzuki, a curator at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, with illustrations by Ellen Weinstein and reproductions of seven of Kusama's artworks, this colorful book tells the story of an artist who is covering the world in dots, from here to infinity.
Hardcover. 40pp; illustrated throughout.
Yayoi Kusama's prolific oeuvre ranges from large paintings and sculptures, to performance pieces and political demonstrations. Since childhood, Kusama has been creating works using polka dots and nets as motifs in a variety of media. During the 1950s and 1960s she played a major role in New York's avant-garde art scene, participating in many happenings, including an unannounced performance in the Sculpture Garden of The Museum of Modern Art in 1969. Kusama returned to Japan where she lives and works today, creating some of the most recognizable work of our time.