Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama

Infinity Mirrors

Book - 2017
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"Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's iconic Infinity Mirror Rooms are filled with a multiplicity of lights that reflect endlessly, projecting the illusion of infinite space. Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors traces these installations over five decades, revealing the ways in which they developed from a strategy of "self-obliteration" and political liberation during the Vietnam War to a means of social harmony in the present. By examining her early unsettling installations alongside her more recent ethereal atmospheres, this volume aims to historicize her pioneering work amidst today's renewed interest in experiential practices"-- Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: Munich ; London ; New York : Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and DelMonico Books/Prestel, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9783791355948
Branch Call Number: 709.2 YAYOI K
Characteristics: 223 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm


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Still upset that you missed out on Kusama's Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the SAM this summer? Let this book transport you through the installations with stunning images and a history of the artist. Suggested by Kristi

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Apr 18, 2018

This is a fascinating retrospective of an artist who bridged traditional Japanese painting, sculpture, surrealism (more in the manner of Tanguy and Ernst than Dali), pop-art, installations, and 1960’s counterculture. The “infinity mirror” installations are, of course, Ms. Kusama’s best known work (helped out in Seattle by a recent exhibition at SAM) but the other, less gimmicky 2-D works are interesting too and sometimes beautiful. (The naked hippie “political” stuff is a little silly in retrospect, but) the early abstracts with hints of realism and Japanese nihonga painting; the middle period “allover” dots, webs, and color fields; and the recent colorful abstracts that suggest native Australian art – all are worth a look. A few of these works were derived from hallucinations (Kusama suffers from a condition called cenesthopathy), but this does not lessen their impact. This is an artist whose major work may hold interest far into the future.


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