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Yayoi Kusama by Frances Morris
  

Yayoi Kusama

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Yayoi Kusama by Frances Morris

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929) is arguably Japan's most famous living artist. Her originality, innovation and powerful desire to communicate have propelled her through a career that has spanned six decades. During this time, Kusama has explored painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, collage, film and video, performance and installation, as well as 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. Returning to Japan in her forties, she rebuilt her career, waiting years for the international recognition she has recently achieved. In her ninth decade her imagination remains richly creative as she continues to extend the range of her large-scale, dazzling installations and relentlessly hand-paints extensive series of minutely detailed figurative fantasy paintings. Kusama has exhibited widely around the world, including representing Japan at the Venice Biennale, and her work is in many major collections. Accompanying the first major retrospective exhibition of the artist's work to be staged in the UK, this lavishly illustrated book features an introductory essay by Tate curator Frances Morris as well as four other substantial essays by leading international critics. Topics covered include Kusama's time in New York, her career after her return to Japan, her installation works and an exploration of her art from a psychoanalytical point of view. Contributors include Jo Applin, Juliet Mitchell, Mignon Nixon, Rachel Taylor and Midori Yamamura.

About the Author

Frances Morris is Head of Collections (International Art) at Tate Modern

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Book Info

Publication date

13th January 2012

Author

Frances Morris

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Publisher

Tate Publishing

Format

Hardback
208 pages

Categories

Individual artists, art monographs

ISBN

9781849760386

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