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Yayoi Kusama


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“Making, making and continue to make: bury oneself in creation.” – Yayoi Kusama

Whitestone Gallery is proud to present the works of Yayoi Kusama for an exhibition at our Hollywood Road gallery. The exhibition is a comprehensive survey of the artistic diversity of Kusama’s oeuvre, displaying canvas works, sculptural creations and prints.

As one of the most popular artists in the world, Yayoi Kusama enjoys a career that spans seven decades. It all began in 1958, when she moved to New York. She produced her first “Net” paintings in 1959 – an astonishing large canvas that was covered with rhythmic white, thickly painted loops. From then onwards, Kusama’s own psychosomatic state contributed to her creative output. She went on the develop a striking body of work that includes the phallic soft-sculptures, Accumulation, Sex Obsession, and Compulsion Furniture. She also staged provocative Happening around the city of New York.

Kusama returned to Japan in the 1970s, where she began writing novels and poetry. And in 1993, she created a mirror room filled with pumpkin sculptures at the Venice Biennale, and her name became widely known internationally. She created an outdoor pumpkin sculpture, a vivid yellow pumpkin covered in optical pattern of black spots. Since then the pumpkin, like the Infinity Net paintings became synonymous with her. Between 2011 to 2012, retrospective “YAYOI KUSAMA” were exhibited at notable international museums such as Pompidou Center, Paris, Tate Modern, London and Whitney Museum of Art, New York. In April 2016, Kusama is named one of the 100 most influential people in Time’s magazine. She is now well into her eighties, but that does not diminish here creativity, she continues to be prolific and her recent works that includes the Infinity Mirror Room which captured the public’s imagination.

Born in 1929 in Japan. Kusama’s works are collection by major museum worldwide, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. Kusama lives and works in Tokyo.