Yayoi Kusama

  
 

Yayoi Kusama

b.1929 Japan



Kusama was born in Matsumoto City in Nagano, Japan. An artist with a history of mental illness since childhood, Kusama’s visual and aural hallucinations inspired thematic motifs throughout her artistic career.

In 1948, Kusama left home to study traditional Japanese Nihonga painting in Kyoto, but found the environment too stifling and eventually moved to New York in 1957, where she joined the avant-garde scene and worked alongside important artistic figures such as Donald Judd, Joseph Cornell, and Andy Warhol. 

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Kusama was born in Matsumoto City in Nagano, Japan. An artist with a history of mental illness since childhood, Kusama’s visual and aural hallucinations inspired thematic motifs throughout her artistic career.


In 1948, Kusama left home to study traditional Japanese Nihonga painting in Kyoto, but found the environment too stifling and eventually moved to New York in 1957, where she joined the avant-garde scene and worked alongside important artistic figures such as Donald Judd, Joseph Cornell, and Andy Warhol. 


During this period, Kusama completed some of her most important series, including her renowned Infinity Nets. Kusama has expanded her impressive repertoire to include painting, collage, sculpture, film-making, design and even writing. Currently based in Tokyo, her most recent work includes a collaboration with fashion giant Louis Vuitton for their Fall 2012 collection.

CV

2020
  • Yayoi Kusama, Gropius Bau, Berlin [itinerary: Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Fondation Beyeler, Basel]
  • Yayoi Kusama, New York Botanical Garden, New York
2019-2021
  • Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
2019
  • Yayoi Kusama: All About Love Speaks Forever, Fosun Foundation, Shanghai
  • Yayoi Kusama: All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami
  • Yayoi Kusama: EVERY DAY I PRAY FOR LOVE, David Zwirner, New York
  • Yayoi Kusama: HERE, ANOTHER NIGHT COMES FROM TRILLIONS OF LIGHT YEARS
  • AWAY: Eternal Infinity, Yayoi Kusama Museum, Tokyo [catalogue]
  • Yayoi Kusama: Fireflies on the Water, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio
  • Yayoi Kusama: My Heart is Dancing into the Universe, Crystal Bridges Museum of American
  • Art, Bentonville, Arkansas [permanent installation]
  • Yayoi Kusama: Prints, Ota Fine Arts, Shanghai
  • Yayoi Kusama: SPIRITS OF AGGREGATION, Yayoi Kusama Museum, Tokyo
  • Yayoi Kusama, Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, The Netherlands
2018
  • Rockaway! 2018: Narcissus Garden by Yayoi Kusama, Gateway National Recreation Area at Fort
  • Tilden, New York [organized by MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York]
  • Yayoi Kusama: All About My Love, Matsumoto City Museum of Art, Matsumoto, Japan [catalogue]
  • Yayoi Kusama: I Want You to Look at My Prospects for the Future: Plants and I, Yayoi Kusama Museum, Tokyo
  • Yayoi Kusama: INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM: LET’S SURVIVE TOGETHER, Wndr Museum, Chicago
  • Yayoi Kusama: THE LONGING FOR MY LOVE ALL BEGAN FROM MY HEART, Ota Fine Arts, Shanghai
  • Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida
  • Yayoi Kusama: THE MOVING MOMENT WHEN I WENT TO THE UNIVERSE, Victoria Miro, London
  • Yayoi Kusama: With All My Love For The Tulips, I Pray Forever, Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles
2017-2019
  • Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC [itinerary: Seattle Art Museum; The Broad, Los Angeles; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; The Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia] [catalogue]
2017
  • Traumata: Bourgeois / Kusama, S|2, Sotheby’s, London [two-person exhibition] [catalogue]
  • Yayoi Kusama: Festival of Life and Infinity Nets, David Zwirner, New York [catalogue]
  • Yayoi Kusama, 101 Spring Street, Judd Foundation, New York
  • Yayoi Kusama: Creation is a Solitary Pursuit, Love is What Brings You Closer to Art, Yayoi Kusama Museum, Tokyo [exhibition publication]
  • Yayoi Kusama: Life Is the Heart of a Rainbow, National Gallery of Singapore [itinerary:Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (Museum MACAN), Jakarta] [catalogue]
  • Yayoi Kusama: My Eternal Soul, The National Art Center, Tokyo [catalogue]
2016
  • Yayoi Kusama: At the End of the Universe, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • Yayoi Kusama: Dots Obsessions, Sharjah Art Foundation, United Arab Emirates
  • Yayoi Kusama: Dots Obsession - Alive, Seeking for Eternal Hope, The Glass House, New Canaan, Connecticut
  • Yayoi Kusama: My Eternal Soul Paintings, Victoria Miro, London [catalogue]
  • Yayoi Kusama: Narcissus Garden, The Glass House, New Canaan, Connecticut
  • Yayoi Kusama: The obliteration room, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand
  • Yayoi Kusama: Sculptures, Paintings & Mirror Rooms, Victoria Miro, London [catalogue]
2015
  • Yayoi Kusama: Give Me Love, David Zwirner, New York [catalogue published in 2016]
  • Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Theory, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow
  • Yayoi Kusama: The Place for My Soul, Matsumoto City Museum of Art, Matsumoto, Japan
  • Yayoi Kusama: Prints: Part I, Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo
  • Yayoi Kusama: Prints: Part II, Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo
  • Yayoi Kusama, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse, France
2015-2017
  • Yayoi Kusama: In Infinity, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark [itinerary: Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Norway; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Helsinki Art Museum] [catalogue published in 2015]
2014
  • Yayoi Kusama: A Dream in Jeju, Bonte Museum, Seogwipo, South Korea
  • Yayoi Kusama: The obliteration room, Children’s Art Centre, Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
  • Yayoi Kusama: Pumpkins, Victoria Miro, London [catalogue]
  • Yayoi Kusama, Ota Fine Arts, Singapore 
2013-2015
  • Yayoi Kusama: A Dream I Dreamed, Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, Korea [itinerary: Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai; Seoul Arts Center; Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan; National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung] [three venues published their own catalogues]
  • Yayoi Kusama: Obsesión infinita/Infinite Obsession, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA) - Fundación Costantini, Buenos Aires [itinerary: Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro; Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Brasília; Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo; Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; Fundación CorpArtes, Santiago] [three catalogues published in bilingual editions: Portuguese/English in 2013 and Spanish/English in 2013 and 2014; and exhibition publication
2013
  • Yayoi Kusama: I Love Kusama, Ayala Museum, Philippines
  • Yayoi Kusama: I Who Have Arrived In Heaven, David Zwirner, New York [catalogue published in 2014]
  • Yayoi Kusama: New Paintings and Accumulations, Victoria Miro, London
  • Yayoi Kusama: Obsessions, Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange, Hanoi
  • Yayoi Kusama: White Infinity Nets, Victoria Miro, London [catalogue]

SELECTED WORKS

Butterflies 1989
Screenprint on paper
21 x 23 9/10 in
53.4 x 60.8 cm
Edition of 100
Butterflies 1989
Screenprint on paper
21 x 23 9/10 in
53.4 x 60.8 cm
Edition of 100
Dots Obsession 2011
Silkscreen on mirror
12 4/5 x 9 4/5 in
32.5 x 25 cm
Edition of 300
Dots Obsession 2011
Silkscreen on mirror
12 4/5 x 9 4/5 in
32.5 x 25 cm
Edition of 300
Kusama Pumpkins Red
2015
9.5 x 8 x 8 cm
Resin
Kusama Pumpkins Red
2015
9.5 x 8 x 8 cm
Resin
Kusama Pumpkins Yellow
2015
9.5 x 8 x 8 cm
Resin
Kusama Pumpkins Yellow
2015
9.5 x 8 x 8 cm
Resin
Pumpkin

1982
57.7 x 47.7cm
Lithograph and Collage
Edition of 75
Pumpkin

1982
57.7 x 47.7cm
Lithograph and Collage
Edition of 75
Red Mt. Fuji

1982
15.5 X 22.5 cm
Lithography
Edition of 100
Red Mt. Fuji

1982
15.5 X 22.5 cm
Lithography
Edition of 100
Pumpkin

1982
68.6 x 55 cm
Screenprint
Edition of 50
Pumpkin

1982
68.6 x 55 cm
Screenprint
Edition of 50
Mt. Fuji

1983
49 x 60 cm
Screenprint
Edition of 75
Mt. Fuji

1983
49 x 60 cm
Screenprint
Edition of 75
Shoes

1984
45.5 x 53  cm
Screenprint
Edition of 100
Shoes

1984
45.5 x 53 cm
Screenprint
Edition of 100
Goldfish Bowl

1984
45.5 x 53  cm
Screenprint
Edition of 100
Goldfish Bowl

1984
45.5 x 53 cm
Screenprint
Edition of 100
Lemon Squash

1984
53 x 45.5  cm
Screenprint
Edition of 100
Lemon Squash

1984
53 x 45.5 cm
Screenprint
Edition of 100
Pumpkin Army '85 (Green)

1985
27.8 x 42.4 cm
Screenprint
Edition of 50
Pumpkin Army '85 (Green)

1985
27.8 x 42.4 cm
Screenprint
Edition of 50
Shoes

1985
45.5 x 53 cm
Screenprint
Edition of 100
Shoes

1985
45.5 x 53 cm
Screenprint
Edition of 100
Pumpkin

1986
90.2 x 72 cm
Screenprint
Edition of 75
Pumpkin

1986
90.2 x 72 cm
Screenprint
Edition of 75
Pumpkin

1986
90.8 x 67.5 cm
Screenprint
Edition of 50
Pumpkin

1986
90.8 x 67.5 cm
Screenprint
Edition of 50
Lunar eclipse

1989
45.5 x 52.8 cm
Screenprint
Edition of 100
Lunar eclipse

1989
45.5 x 52.8 cm
Screenprint
Edition of 100
Lemon Squash (1)

1999
54 x 45 cm
Screenprint
Editions of 60
Lemon Squash (1)

1999
54 x 45 cm
Screenprint
Editions of 60
Red Pumpkin 

1992
72.3 x 60.5 cm
Screenprint
Edition of 120
Red Pumpkin

1992
72.3 x 60.5 cm
Screenprint
Edition of 120
Pumpkin ( RYSQ )

1998
30 x30 cm
Screenprint
Edition of 120
Pumpkin ( RYSQ )

1998
30 x30 cm
Screenprint
Edition of 120
High Heels (1)

1999
45 x 54 cm
Screenprint, Lame
Edition of 60
High Heels (1)

1999
45 x 54 cm
Screenprint, Lame
Edition of 60
Flower AZ

1993
72.7 x 60.6 cm
Screenprint
Edition of 90
Flower AZ

1993
72.7 x 60.6 cm
Screenprint
Edition of 90
Pumpkin (White T)

1992
72.3 x 60.4 cm
Screenprint
Edition of 120
Pumpkin (White T)

1992
72.3 x 60.4 cm
Screenprint
Edition of 120

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EXHIBITION

ART on PAPER @ GIN HUANG Gallery
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ARTSY online show : https://www.artsy.net/show/gin-huang-gallery-art-on-paper
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Follow Gin To Voyage
Oct., 06, 2018  -  Dec., 29, 2018
《Follow Gin to Voyage》gather contemporary art master Jean-Michel Basquiat, three major Japanese artists Yoshitomo Nara, Yayoi Kusama, Murakami Takashi.
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Have Fun Together
Jul., 20, 2018  -  Sep., 30, 2018
​We all have a toy that we treated as a close friend when we were little. As time passing by, the memory gradually faded away.
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