Infinity Net: The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama Paperback – 5 Sep 2013
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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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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.
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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Great autobiography of Yayoi Kusama for whoever interested in her life story as an artist, told in first person.Published 4 months ago by Charon
A fascinating account of her life by this fascinating and very interesting artist,
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