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      Yayoi Kusama on Exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art


   Celebrated since the 1940s, Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s work is included in
   a career-long retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New
   York City. The New York exhibition is the first for Kusama in 15 years and
   explores her rise to becoming one of the most influential contemporary artists
   in the world.

   The intent of the exhibition is to show Kusama’s full breadth as an artist
   during her 60-year career. The exhibit showcases Kusama’s vast array of
   methods, from painting, drawing and sculpture to film, performance and
   installations. Along with her signature dense polka dot patterns, other key
   works include Accumulations, a series of soft sculptures, and Infinity Net, a
   series of paintings made in a single color of repeated arcs arranged in patterns.
   Often described as hallucinatory and intense, the exhibition strives to focus on
   Kusama’s unique world view and incredible attention to detail and patterns.
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                                                          450 West 31st Street, Loft 2N
Gloria Garfinkel                                          New York, NY 10001
                                                          Tel: 212.643.9545


       Yayoi Kusama on Exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art

  Also included in the exhibit is a prime example of the power of Kusama’s large-
  scale installation, Fireflies on the Water. Encased within a room full of mirrors, a
  small pool and lights, Fireflies on the Water creates an amazing effect of light off
  of the mirrors and the surface of the water. Often referred to as a “spiritual
  experience,” Fireflies on the Water demonstrates a shift in Kusama’s work from
  her unsettled beginnings to something more divine.

  Trained in traditional Japanese painting, Kusama also explored the avant-garde
  movement in Europe and America, becoming a central character in the avant-
  garde space in New York in the 1960s and 1970s. She is credited with
  influencing Pop, Minimalism, and performance art. Throughout this important
  time period in Kusama’s career, she began to shift from traditional art works,
  such as painting and collage, to more progressive forms of art, such as
  performances and film. She also became active in the political and counter-
  culture worlds, even dabbling in fashion design and publishing. Kusama’s 1968
  film Kusama’s Self-Obliteration is on view at the Whitney exhibit.
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                                                        450 West 31st Street, Loft 2N
Gloria Garfinkel                                        New York, NY 10001
                                                        Tel: 212.643.9545


       Yayoi Kusama on Exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art


Another important section of Kusama’s career came after she returned to Japan in
the early 1970s. The collages she created in this time period coincide with her new
endeavors in poetry and novel-writing. Later sculptures included in the exhibit
include The Clouds, made of 100 cushions, and Heaven and Earth, comprised of
forty boxes. Her most recent work from the last decade rounds out the career
retrospective.

Image: Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), The Germ, 1952. Ink and pastel on paper, 9 3/4 ×
7 1/16 in. (24.7 × 18 cm). Collection of the artist.

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Description: Celebrated since the 1940s, Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s work is included in a career-long retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.