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The Extraordinary Mind of Yayoi Kusama

Japanese Contemporary Artist Yayoi Kusama works primarily in sculpture and installation, but also works in painting, performance, film, fashion, poetry, fiction, and other arts. With over nine decades of her career, Kusama has made an international impression across the art world as 'the princess of polka dots'.

Yayoi Kusama lying on the base of My Flower Bed 1962 in New York, c.1965 © Yayoi Kusama / Studio Yayoi Kusama, Inc.

The mysteriously wonderful mind of Yayoi Kusama has been largely influenced by a sensory hallucination in her early childhood. In this hallucination, a field of flowers starting talking to her, transforming in to a landscape of endless dots which engulfed the artist. Kuysama has lived voluntarily in a psychiatric institution for much of her later life, where much of her work has been marked with obsessiveness and a desire to escape from psychological trauma.

Yayoi Kusama, The Passing Winter 2005, Photo: © James Deavin, Courtesy Victoria Miro Gallery, London © Yayoi Kusama

After achieving world-wide fame and a number of ground-breaking art events, Kusama is now Japan's most prominent contemporary artist.

© Yayoi Kusama/ Yayoi Kusama Studio, Inc, Courtesy Castellane Gallery, New York

Collection of the Artist ©YAYOI KUSAMA. Courtesy of YAYOI KUSAMA Inc.

Yayoi Kusama Studio Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled with the Brilliance of Life 2011 © Yayoi Kusama/Yayoi Kusama Studio, Inc

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