Yayoi Kusama

Internationally renowned, Kusama achieved global fame and recognition with her dot paintings characterized by the subjects covered in a repetition of dots. Born in March 1929 in Matsumoto, Yayoi Kusama produced her first drawings and watercolors in the 1950s following her studies at the Kyoto Municipal School of Arts and Craft. At the age of 25, Kusama held her first solo and successful exhibition in 1954 at the Shirokiya Department Store, Tokyo. In 1958, she left Japan and settled in New York where she produced a series of paintings influenced by the abstract expressionist movement. It was during this period that Kusama began on the exploration of her ‘Infinity Net’ paintings, which comprises of large canvases covered with a hypnotic array of little polka dots. From pumpkins to flowers, paintings and installations, polka dots perpetuate throughout her art. To Kusama, the dot represents the sun as a source of energy to life. The dots conjure a sense of movement and a way to infinity. Taking influences from conceptual art, minimalism, surrealism, abstract expressionism even pop art, Kusama works is a reflection of her own childhood and her mental vision. Mesmerized by the cosmos, Kusama also expresses her fascination of the cosmic realm through her own style. In this universe, Kusama envisioned the planets and the stars as infinity of dots in reflection to the infiniteness of the universe. Through the randomness of the dots and the abstract contours against a dark background evoking stars in space, Kusama works become a visual projection of her own universe and imagination. Kusama returned to Tokyo in the late 70s. During this period, both the Tokyo and Kyoto Modern Art Museum included Kusama in the list of the most important painters of the 1960s. From 1981, Kusama’s creativity and talent was given further international recognition with numerous and remarkable retrospectives with the most notable being her famous solo exhibition Kusamatrix organized by the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo in 2004, attended by more than half a million visitors. In 1993, Kusama was selected to represent Japan at the prestigious Venice Biennale where she presented her main subject pumpkins to create the installation “Mirror Room – Pumpkins’. In 2000, Kusama won The Education Minister's Art Encouragement Prize and Foreign Minister's commendations and received the Asahi Prize in 2001. She was awarded a cultural merit in 2009 by Japan. Adding the illustrious career filled with recognitions and accolades, Kusama was selected as main artist of Yokohama Triennial. In 2016, Kusama was the only artist to be named as one of the top 100 influential people by Times Magazine. Kusama continues to participate in-group and solo exhibitions in numerous international locations to great success.

  • Infinite Diversity

    Infinite Diversity

    Singapore

    November 25, 2016 - December 11, 2016

  • Masters of Distinction

    Masters of Distinction

    Singapore

    September 16, 2016 - October 16, 2016

  • New Realities in the 20th and 21st century

    New Realities in the 20th and 21st century

    Hong Kong

    March 12, 2015 - April 18, 2015

  • MONOCHROMANIAC

    MONOCHROMANIAC

    Geneva

    October 02, 2014 - October 18, 2014

  • Abstract Experiences: Beyond the Real

    Abstract Experiences: Beyond the Real

    Hong Kong

    May 23, 2014 - June 13, 2014

  • Contemporary Emotion

    Contemporary Emotion

    London

    February 13, 2013 - March 09, 2013

  • Infinity in the Universe of Yayoi Kusama

    Infinity in the Universe of Yayoi Kusama

    Hong Kong

    May 16, 2012 - June 01, 2012

  • Contemporary masters

    Contemporary masters

    London

    February 17, 2012 - March 02, 2012