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Yayoi Kusama (Contemporary Artists) Paperback – 1 Jan 2000
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Maverick septuagenarian artist Yayoi Kusama has spent the last 20 years in a mental hospital in Tokyo, where she has immersed herself in art therapy to help her with her obsessive neurosis. Feeling ostracised by Japan, she went to America in 1958, where for the next 15 years she developed her distinctive imagery of dots, dried macaroni and protuberances, the latter of which, the antithesis of the dots, are phalluses or tumorous root vegetables depending on your delectation. The dots of the so-called "Affinity Nets", rash-like in their spread and obvious itch for her, are the result of a childhood hallucination and their continual repetition serves as a means of self-annihilation, be it on huge canvases, everyday objects or people. In America she also organised frequent Happenings in public places, usually involving nudity and, yes, dots. Since her re-discovery by the world in 1993 when she represented Japan at the Venice Biennale, she has had a wildly successful retrospective back in America and a London exhibition for which Phaidon have produced this excellent explanatory monograph, replete with interviews (including one with British enfant terrible Damien Hirst), an enthusiastic essay, excerpts from her own writing, accompanied by photographs of her installations and nostalgic stills of the Happenings.
Like Louise Bourgeois, another &eacaute;migr&eacaute; to America, Kusama draws on a psychic disturbance attributable to an abusive childhood to inform her art, using her new location as a blank canvas for an unashamedly rampant egotism. For someone so scornful of association with art movements such as Pop Art or Surrealism, her works evolved alongside them with remarkable ease and her dynamic self-publicising activities link her with Andy Warhol and Joseph Beuys, to name but two. From the prolific whorls and mass reproduction of this proverbial leopard comes an exultant heady release that has developed through changes in medium that only the rigid continuity of substance can allow. In the absence of the physical works themselves, this enlightening volume evokes a reminder of Kusama's singular and survivalist vision, as frightening as it is playful and sensual. --David Vincent
"This book is a fine collection of her influential and beautifully turbulent work."―Creative Review
"A handome monograph."―Modern Painters
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5 people found this helpful.
Excellent art book
on 22 August 2011 - Published on Amazon.com
I am an American living in Japan at the moment. While on a Japanese tour, I came across a documentary for Kusama while flipping through stations at the hotel. I did not know anything about her until this documentary. She intrigued me. Kusama's work is genius. My 7 year old grandson loves contemporary art. I bought and sent the book to him so he could see a Japanese artist's love and work. He is delighted with the book.He loves the colors and design which is her trademark. I am happy to have gifted him something from and about Japan he will appreciate for sometime.
2 people found this helpful.
on 3 January 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
A fascinating insight into the life of one of the most acclaimed artists of all time. I definitely recommend this book. The photos in it are gorgeous, and the articles are a great read.
19 people found this helpful.
on 13 April 2000 - Published on Amazon.com
This book is absolutely gorgeous. I didn't know many of the artist's works before I bought this book - and it gave me a good understanding of her life and work. Chock full of beautiful colour photos. It's cool too because so many quality art books cost a fortune, but since this one is a softcover it's reasonably priced. As you can tell, I HIGHLY recommend this book.
Kusama, A Magnificent Obsession
on 1 June 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
Beautiful book, but as my brother is the photographer of Anatomic Explosion and Alice In Wonderland I would have appreciated if his name was credited next to the photos shown and not merely as part of a long list of photographers which is included at the beginning of the book. Surely as a curator for MOMA, Ms. Hoptman is both aware that my brothers photos are in the museum's archives and that respect and credit for the work of all artisans is necessary and justly deserved, particularly in this instance when the "social demonstrations" of Yayoi Kusama were so very much a collaboration of both photographer and artist. Growing up in New York during the 60's myself, this book and its documentation of the artists representation of the political/social climate is particularly meaningful as well as being both a fascinating glimpse for others into a decade of my city's history and the evolutionary process of the artist.
7 people found this helpful.
Kusama takes the Kake
on 17 December 2000 - Published on Amazon.com
I love this artist, she is such an innovator, she rocks my world and as a young Japanese canadian artist i am highly influnced by her.
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