Infinity Net: The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama MOBI

Infinity Net: The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama MOBI In , encouraged by Georgia O Keeffe, artist Yayoi Kusama left Japan for New York City to become a star By the time she returned to her home country in , she had established herself as a leader of New York s avant garde movement, known for creating happenings and public orgies to protest the Vietnam War and for the polka dots that had become a trademark of her work Her sculptures, videos, paintings, and installations are to this day included in major international exhibitionsAvailable for the first time in English, Infinity Net paints a multilayered portrait of this fascinating artist Taking us from her oppressive childhood in postwar Japan to her present life in the psychiatric hospital where she voluntarily stays and is still productive Kusama s autobiography offers insight into the persona of mental illness that has informed her work While she vibrantly describes the hallucinatory episodes she experiences, her tale is punctuated by stories of her pluck and drive in making her artistic voice heard Conveying the breadth and ambition of her own work, Kusama also offers a dazzling snapshot of s and s New York City and her encounters with its artists she collaborates with Andy Warhol, shares an apartment with Donald Judd, and becomes romantically entangled with Joseph Cornell Replete with the sense of the sheer necessity within an artist to create, Infinity Net is an energetic and juicy page turner that offers a glimpse into Kusama s exhilarating world

10 thoughts on “Infinity Net: The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama

  1. Betsy roszkowiak Betsy roszkowiak says:

    If you re a fan of Yayoi Kusama, contemporary art, or just strong women in general, this is a great book It has been translated from its original Japanese version, so at times the writing is a bit rigid, but it s straightforward which is enjoyable in its own way, almost like a casual conversation I ve seen a few people on here complain about he self promotion and bragging in the book, which certai

  2. Shane Shane says:

    A concise and engrossing narrative of the life of one of today s greatest living artists who transformed a psychosomatic illness into art.I was drawn to the work of Yayoi Kusama when I visited one of her Infinity Rooms at the Art Gallery of Ontario recently I picked up her autobiography the same day at the art gallery s gift shop Repetition and Multiplication is her approach, whether it be the mirro

  3. Charlotte Charlotte says:

    An easy to read autobiography that spans across Yayoi s life With some elegant prose and lovely imagery, she details her life as a young Japanese artist making her way in New York I did struggle with her ego in this book, not one for great moments of humility or reflection on how she appeared to treat people As an artist myself, I wanted to knowabout how she used her art as a way to manage her mental

  4. Lily Joyce Lily Joyce says:

    If you re a Kusama fan I totally recommend hearing her own point of view I ve read a solid amount of stuff around her work and life in the art world, and this cleared up a lot of tales Also beautifully written, ofcourse.

  5. Andrea Andrea says:

    Beautiful spirit A life devoted to her art and self expression and seeing just how far she could go.

  6. Dhiyanah Dhiyanah says:

    I was introduced to Yayoi Kusama back in university, where my obsessive works were subtly likened to Kusama s process with repetition The first time I truly paid attention to her was two or three years ago Occasionally having read up on her, I bumped into one of her small pumpkins at an art fair It was green with black polka dots like growth, disease, dreams, and a glossy overlay that shrouded the object in

  7. Harley Harley says:

    Yayoi Kusama is an amazing artist and storyteller This book is her memoir of her life in art Growing up in Japan, she wanted to be an artist, but was discouraged by her mother She left Japan for the United States in her twenties and she became apart of the New York art scene during the 1950s and 1960s She became known for both her abstract art as well as her performance art In the 1970 s she returned to Japan

  8. Jenna Jenna says:

    I have been fascinated with Yayoi Kusama and her art since visiting two of her mirrored rooms at the Mattress Factory a few years ago Such a remarkable woman and artist, and this is a wonderful autobiography Yayoi writes beautifully, openly, unflinchingly about her life, her art, her mental illness, her dreams and aspirations Anyone interested in Yayoi Kusama will enjoy this book, and gain a broader understandi

  9. Sue Altman Sue Altman says:

    This is one of the strangest books I ve ever read and I ended up with a real love hate relationship with it I really liked the part about her art and especially about her relationships with other artists And it was fascinating from a mental health perspective But there was an awful lot of self promotion since she is such an esteemed artist, I wonder why she felt that necessary.

  10. MJ MJ says:

    Question what is the normal amount of times to cry while reading an autobiography, because I think I may have exceeded that amount This was incredible Incredible person, incredible artist, incredible message It reads less like an account of someone s life andlike having a cool conversation with an older relative about their wild life in their 20s, now that you re old enough to understand all the scandalizing stuff

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