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TRUE ORIGIN: Yayoi Kusama

TRUE ORIGIN: Yayoi Kusama

  An Influential “Avant-garde” contemporary artist known primarily for her eccentric sculptures and installations; Most of her works are based on conceptual art, attributes of feminism, minimalism, surrealism, Art Brut, pop art, and abstract expressionism. It is also infused with autobiographical, psychological, and sexual content. 

Kusama is one of the most important living artists to come out of Japan” – Midori Yamamura

She was able to develop a signature approach to her craft through her hallucinatory paintings of loops and dots (and physical representations of the idea of infinity) that continued to appeal to the imagination and the senses of the viewers, including dizzying walk-in installations, public sculptures, and the “Dots Obsessions” paintings. One of her most iconic masterpieces was rooted in her love of pumpkins, which shaped her practice for over 70years. She has created spaces that contributed significantly to popularizing contemporary art in Japan. Designed installations featuring a massive, free-standing sculpture of a ripe pumpkin (colored in yellow, with black polka-dots on it). On top of these several installations, her pumpkin sculptures became available as private collections around the world. Want to know more about the great life and works of Kusama, check out HOMELESS PENTHOUSE YouTube Video on TRUE ORIGIN: Yayoi Kusama. 

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“”Kusama began to explore ideas of infinity by challenging the confines of the canvas’ four edges. It was her “Infinity Nets” that truly began to distinguish Kusama from other painters. Crescent-shaped, single-colored brushstrokes coalesce over a solid ground to form “nets” that ebb and pulsate hypnotically. Kusama has described these paintings as “very large canvases without composition—without beginning, end, or center.” She creates lattices of pigment that blur the boundaries of negative and positive space. Equally as immersive as her canvases were her process: Kusama claimed to work 50 to 60 hours non-stop on paintings.”.

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