Museum Exhibition Catalogues, Monographs, Artist's Projects, Curatorial Writings and Essays
"Staying in Japan was out of the question. My parents, the house, the land, the shackles, the conventions, the prejudice ... For art like mine – art that does battle at the boundary between life and death, questioning what we are and what it means to live and die – this country was too small, too servile, too feudalistic, and too scornful of women. My art needed a more unlimited freedom, a wider world." Yayoi Kusama, quoted by essayist Mignon Nixon in D.A.P./Tate's major 2012 exhibition catalog, Yayoi Kusama.
Published by DelMonico Books/Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Edited with text by Mika Yoshitake. Foreword and interview by Melissa Chiu. Text by Alexander Dumbadze, Gloria Sutton. Chronology by Miwako Tezuka. Annotated bibliography by Alex Jones.
This book presents world-renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s most famous series, the Infinity Mirror Rooms, and charts its influence on the course of contemporary art for over 50 years. Kusama’s rooms are filled with multicolored lights that reflect endlessly. Ranging from peep-show-like chambers to multimedia installations, each of Kusama’s kaleidoscopic environments offers the chance to step into an illusion of infinite space. This definitive publication traces these installations and reveals how, over the years, the works have come to symbolize different modalities, from Kusama’s “self-obliteration” in the Vietnam War era to her more harmonious aspirations in the present. By examining her early unsettling installations alongside her more recent atmospheres, this publication historicizes her pioneering work amid today’s renewed interest in experiential practices. Generously illustrated, this book invites readers to examine the series’ impact over the course of the artist’s career. Yayoi Kusama (born 1929) has worked not only in sculpture and installation but also painting, performance, video art, fashion, poetry, fiction and other arts. In her early career in Japan, she produced mostly works on paper. With her late-1950s move to New York City, she joined the ranks of the avant-garde, working in soft sculpture and influencing the likes of Warhol and Oldenburg. At this time, she was also involved with happenings and other performance-oriented works and began to deploy her signature dots. Her work fell into relative obscurity after her return to Japan in 1973, but a subsequent revival of interest in the 1980s elevated her work to the canonical status that it still enjoys today.
Published by Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Edited by Lćrke Rydal Jřrgensen, Marie Laurberg, Michael Juul Holm.
Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Little Mermaid” (1839), a story about a girl from the sea who followed her dreams and suffered a disastrous fate on land, is known all over the world (particularly in its animated incarnation). But the familiar story is brought to new life in this gorgeous edition, a collaboration between the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and artist Yayoi Kusama.
Paired with Hans Christian Andersen’s original text, the densely patterned, undulating line drawings of Kusama’s Love Forever series (2004–7) conjure up storms in the roiling waves of the ocean, the Little Mermaid’s vast underwater kingdom and her longing to live in the human world. Kusama’s fertile, endlessly repeating forms are an ideal match for the poetic and disturbing universe evoked in the fairy tale; the result is a true collaboration. Kusama’s drawings both illustrate and interpret Andersen’s story, bringing it to terrifying life, and Andersen’s words lend narrative content to Kusama’s landscapes of unblinking eyes, curling tendrils and disembodied profiles.
Yayoi Kusama (born 1929) first left Japan at the age of 28, landing in late 1950s New York. Her oeuvre, now spanning more than 50 years, includes painting, performance, installations and environments, sculpture, film, fashion, design and literary work. She was recently named the world’s most popular artist, based on annual figures reported by The Art Newspaper for global museum attendance in 2014.
Published by Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Edited by Lćrke Rydal Jřrgensen, Marie Laurberg, Michael Juul Holm. Foreword by Poul Erik Třjner, et al. Text by Marie Laurberg, Jo Applin, Stefan Würrer, Yayoi Kusama, Signe Marie Ebbe Jacobsen.
A non-Western female artist arriving in the US as Pop art and Minimalism were beginning to take shape, Yayoi Kusama (born 1929) was part of these milieus but also remained somewhat outside of them, developing a highly distinctive artistic universe. Yayoi Kusama: In Infinity offers an extensive overview of the major stages of Kusama’s work: from her abstract, intensively hand-crafted Infinity Net paintings (which made Kusama’s initial reputation in New York) to the soft, eroticized furniture sculptures covered in hundreds of white, penis-like forms, ending with Kusama’s recent works that shape whole spaces as intense environments. This volume also includes new essays discussing Kusama’s artistic and literary work and four of Kusama’s own poems.
Published by Fundación Eduardo F. Costantini. Edited with text by Philip Larratt-Smith, Frances Morris.
Obsesión Infinita accompanies the first Latin American retrospective of Yayoi Kusama (born 1929), a massive survey of more than 100 works created between 1950 and 2013. It includes her abstract paintings of the 1950s, made just prior to her move to New York in 1957; the "soft sculptures" that followed her move, and her friendships with Donald Judd, Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg and Joseph Cornell; and the famous happenings of the late 60s. It was in these years that Kusama became known as "the Polka Dot Princess," for her obsessive use of polka dots in installations and performances. In 1973 she returned to Japan, and in 1977 settled voluntarily in a psychiatric clinic where she has continued to make performances and installations. Alongside color reproductions, this volume includes archival photographs of Kusama performances and portraits of the artist from the many periods of her career.
PUBLISHER Fundación Eduardo F. Costantini
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 9.25 x 10.75 in. / 232 pgs / 94 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 11/30/2013 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2014 p. 129
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9789871271504TRADE List Price: $55.00 CDN $65.00
Published by D.A.P./Tate. Edited by Frances Morris. Text by Jo Applin, Juliet Mitchell, Mignon Nixon, Midori Yamamura.
Accompanying the first major American retrospective exhibition of Yayoi Kusama's work, and an exhibition at Tate Modern in London, this volume offers a definitive monograph on Japan's most famous living artist. It features a wealth of works from all periods in Kusama's career, as well as essays by various international curators and critics, discussing Kusama's years in New York, her career after her return to Japan, her installation works and the psychoanalytic import of her art. Kusama's originality, innovation and sheer drive to make art have propelled her through a career that has spanned six decades, encompassing painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, collage, film and video, performance, installation and even product design. From the late 1950s to the early 1970s Kusama lived in New York, and was at the forefront of many artistic innovations in the city, becoming close with artists such as Donald Judd, Andy Warhol, Joseph Cornell and Claes Oldenburg, and influencing many others along the way. It was in these years that Kusama was dubbed "the Polka Dot Princess," for her obsessive use of polka dots in installations and happenings. Returning to Japan in her forties, she rebuilt her career, waiting years for the international recognition that she has recently achieved. Now in her ninth decade, Kusama's imagination remains fertile and productive, as she continues to devise dazzling installations and relentlessly hand-paints her ongoing series of minutely detailed figurative fantasy paintings. Yayoi Kusama was born in Matsumoto, Japan, in 1929. She left Japan for New York at the age of 28, following a correspondence with Georgia O'Keeffe, and was soon participating in the city's 1960s wave of happenings and avant-garde activities. In 1973, Kusama returned to Japan and began writing surrealistic novels and poetry. On November 12, 2008, Christie's New York sold a work by her for $5.1 million, a record for a living female artist.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Essays by Karola Grässlin and Jan Verwoert.
Yayoi Kusama is recognized as one of Japan's best-known, most versatile and internationally successful artists. In the mid-1960s her work was mentioned in the same breath as Minimal art, monochrome painting, and the new trends in Europe, and she was also seen as a forerunner of Pop art. Noted for her soft sculptures and psychedelic installations, Kusama explores themes of love, infinity and obsession throughout her work, from her net-like pattern paintings begun in 1959, to her Pop-inspired love happenings in the 1960s, to installations in which every surface has been compulsively covered in polka-dots, mirrors or stuffed phallus-like protrusions.
PUBLISHER Walther König, Köln
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 8.5 x 10.5 in. / 61 pgs / 77 color / 4 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 6/15/2004 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2005 p. 135
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9783883758299SDNR30 List Price: $30.00 CDN $35.00