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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing; 01 edition (5 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849762139
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849762137
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 257,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Infinity Net traces, with suitably dreamlike intensity, the web of influences that shaped her and her art. --The Observer

About the Author

Yayoi Kusama is an internationally acclaimed, widely exhibited Japanese artist. Ralph McCarthy is a literary translator."


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By Rosey Lea TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 April 2012
Format: Hardcover
The first four parts of this book are beautiful. As a direct translation from the Japanese, not a single word is wasted and the elegance and direction of Kusama's work blooms throughout the pages.

This is in stark contrast to the final fifth part. From 1975 onwards the book's tone changes completely. All warmth, discussion and detail of Kusama's work and life disappears. The book descends into very blunt lists of art shows Kusama's work appeared in, and how wonderfully well she was received. The humility and artistry of the earlier chapters just disappears, as does any real detail about the actual art being made and displayed since the mid-70s.

Post 1975, Kusama's health problems are barely mentioned, and her failed business ventures aren't alluded to in any way. Yes, these are personal issues, but they were the main drivers for her art in this period, so to not knowledge them leaves a huge hole in understanding. Whereas in earlier chapters Kusama explains why she made the art she did, how she made it, and what it was saying in the world, the last part of the book is reduced to `I did this. It was good'. It's as though Kusama simply couldn't be bothered to write about anything post 1975. A shame, as her later works are truly breathtaking.

As you'd expect from a book published by the Tate, the page weight and book layout are a pleasure in their own right.
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I've bought this book right after Kusama's exhibition at Tate. It is really easy to read it. It seems to be a very honest monologue of the great artist. I'd really recommend this book to everyone who admires her art talent. It helps to understand better her art works.
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Most of this book gives such a good insight into the way she makes her work, the reasoning behind it and the way it helped her. As it continues the book does turn into a bit of a list of works and dates, and how well they were received. She seems to skim over any parts of her life where her art wasn't so. This is a shame as the parts about her personal relationships and her mental illness are brilliantly written, but I still couldnt put it down and read it in three hours. There is very little modesty, but in some ways this makes the book seem more honest.
I would of liked a couple more images later in the book when she mentions so many works, I suppose that there are books available on her works alone for that. I am very sorry to have missed her retrospective at the Tate, but after reading Infinity Net I am even more determined to go see her work elsewhere! For anyone interested in her art it's a definite must read!
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