Yayoi Kusama

A comprehensive overview of the visionary work of the Japanese artist.

Survey by Laura Hoptman, Interview by Akira Tatehata, Focus by Udo Kultermann, Artist's Choice by Ishikawa Takuboki, Writings by Yayoi Kusama


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  • Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (b.1929) has pursued her themes of infinite repetition, self-image and sexuality since she took the New York art world by storm in the late 1950s
  • Compulsively covering all surfaces in dots and repeated patterns or forms, Kusama has worked in painting, collage and assemblage and was a pioneer of installation art
  • This is the first monograph on the 40-year career of this distinguished, highly innovative artist who has also been a writer, fashion designer and film-maker

In The Press

'This book is a fine collection of her influential and beautifully turbulent work.' (Creative Review)

'A handome monograph.' (Modern Painters)

'The boldest, best executed, and most far-reaching publishing project devoted to contemporary art. These books will revolutionize the way contemporary art is presented and written about.' (Artforum)

'The combination of intelligent analysis, personal insight, useful facts and plentiful pictures is a superb format invaluable for specialists but also interesting for casual readers, it makes these books a must for the library of anyone who cares about contemporary art.' (Time Out)

'A unique series of informative monographs on individual artists.' (The Sunday Times)

'Gives the reader the impression of a personal encounter with the artists. Apart from the writing which is lucid and illuminating, it is undoubtedly the wealth of lavish illustrations which makes looking at these books a satisfying entertainment.' (The Art Book)

About the author(s)

Laura Hoptman was co-curator of Yayoi Kusama's travelling 1998-9 retrospective exhibition 'Love Forever' and Assistant Curator in the Department of Drawing at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. An American art historian, Hoptman is one of the world's foremost experts on the work of Yayoi Kusama.

Akira Tatehata, a Japanese art critic and poet, is Professor at Tama Art University and Lecturer at Tokyo University. Tatehata was the Japanese commissioner for the Venice Biennale in 1993, the year Yayoi Kusama represented her country. He has known the artist and followed her work closely for many years.

Udo Kultermann is a German-born art historian and critic. Also a noted Professor of Architecture at the Washington University, Saint Louis (1986-94), Kultermann's books include The New Sculpture (1967) and The New Painting (1969). He curated Kusama's first presentation of her work in Germany, in 1996.


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