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Yayoi Kusama [Hardcover]

Frances Morris

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13 Jan 2012
Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929) is arguably Japan's most famous living artist. Her originality, innovation and powerful desire to communicate have propelled her through a career that has spanned six decades. During this time, Kusama has explored painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, collage, film and video, performance and installation, as well as product design. From the late 1950s to the early 1970s Kusama lived in New York and was at the forefront of many artistic innovations in the city. Returning to Japan in her forties, she rebuilt her career, waiting years for the international recognition she has recently achieved. In her ninth decade her imagination remains richly creative as she continues to extend the range of her large-scale, dazzling installations and relentlessly hand-paints extensive series of minutely detailed figurative fantasy paintings. Kusama has exhibited widely around the world, including representing Japan at the Venice Biennale, and her work is in many major collections. Accompanying the first major retrospective exhibition of the artist's work to be staged in the UK, this lavishly illustrated book features an introductory essay by Tate curator Frances Morris as well as four other substantial essays by leading international critics. Topics covered include Kusama's time in New York, her career after her return to Japan, her installation works and an exploration of her art from a psychoanalytical point of view. Contributors include Jo Applin, Juliet Mitchell, Mignon Nixon, Rachel Taylor and Midori Yamamura.

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Frances Morris is Head of Collections (International Art) at Tate Modern

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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended! 22 Jun 2012
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First off, this is an awesome book! I was no Yayoi Kusama aficionado when I found this book, but it was undeniably a great purchase. The book gives a chronological log of her work from the mid-20th century until today, providing a great sense of her personal evolution and style development as an artist. The four essays give great insight into Kusama's life and career. I especially liked Jo Applin's essay which discussed Kusama's elaborate room installations and the relationship between human and environment. The reproductions are of fantastic quality. Of course, Kusama's art is amazing and is the core of this book, but it has so many wonderful documentary images - Kusama at work in her studio, early family photographs, the protests she held during the 60s, including her famous nude happening at MoMA, etc. - that add richness to the entire project. It is almost like a visual biography or scrapbook timeline. I love the book's compact format, which is not always typical of exhibition catalogues; it is really easy to hold and read, and yet contains a vast amount of visual material. The opportunity to own such a beautiful and comprehensive survey of Yayoi Kusama's art for only $35? I'll take it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 31 May 2012
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This book was very good. I love Yayoi Kusama and it was worth every penny. I recommend this book to anybody who is interested in beautifull visual creations
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