Tate Modern: Yayoi Kusama

Por Tate

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The nine decades of Yayoi Kusama's life have taken her from rural Japan to the New York art scene to contemporary Tokyo. Well-known for her repeating dot patterns, her art encompasses an astonishing variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, film, performance and immersive installation. From works on paper featuring intense semi-abstract imagery, to soft sculpture known as 'Accumulations', to her 'Infinity Net' paintings, made up of carefully repeated arcs of paint built up into large patterns. 

Since 1977 Kusama has lived voluntarily in a psychiatric institution, and much of her work has been marked with obsessiveness and a desire to escape from psychological trauma. In an attempt to share her experiences, she creates installations that immerse the viewer in her obsessive vision of endless dots and nets or infinitely mirrored space.

Here is a selection of recommended books on the life and work of Kusama.

Yayoi Kusama: Every Day I Pray for Love

Yayoi Kusama

35,00 € 32,55 €

The latest book of Kusama's art and poetry, and a beautifully designed one too. Our book buyer Simon says this about it: "Kusama’s artworks are visions of the essence and fabric of reality and of human emotions felt at micro-organic, particle level. Her art is miraculous, deeply felt existentialism, addressing suicidal thoughts, love, reality and mortality. Yet, like all Pop Art, it can also be seen and enjoyed at surface level, as a galaxy of cute dots and bold colours. This book finds me meditating on the brevity of life on one hand while also thinking “ooh, look, the cover text glows in the dark!” However you experience the art of Kusama, it’s always beautiful."

Yayoi Kusama

Robert Shore

12,99 € 12,08 €

Highly readable short biography of Yayoi Kusama.

The Little Mermaid: A Fairy Tale of Infinity and Love Forever

Hans Christian Andersen y Yayoi Kusama

39,00 € 36,27 €

Kusama: The Graphic Novel

Elisa Macellari

14,99 € 13,94 €

Yayoi Kusama: Festival of Life

40,00 € 37,20 €

A collectors favourite: beautiful design and print.

Yayoi Kusama: Revised & expanded edition

Laura Hoptman, Akira Tatehata, et al.

39,95 € 37,15 €

Great Women Artists

Phaidon Editors

39,95 € 37,15 €

IMAGE: Yayoi Kusama Chandelier of Grief 2016/2018 Tate 

Presented by a private collector, New York 2019 © YAYOI KUSAMA