Yayoi Kusama, ‘Mt. Fuji of my heart speaks’, 2015, Japan Society Live

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Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore/Shanghai

The internationally celebrated “Polka Dot Queen” first traveled to New York in 1958 and developed her signature style while experimenting with sculpture, paintings, happenings, and immersive installations as a Japan Society fellow in the 1960s. A prolific artist whose work cannot be confined to a single art movement but bridges Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Feminist Art and Pop Art, Yayoi Kusama’s practice is best characterized by the obsessive-compulsive repetition of mirrors, nets, polka dots, phallic shapes, and pumpkins. This signed and editioned woodblock print of the 2014 painting Mt. Fuji of my heart speaks in the distinctive style of the legendary artist is a rare nod to the tradition in Japanese printmaking of depicting famous places. Kusama’s rendering, however, is highly personal and captures Mt. Fuji in primary colors of hallucinatory vivacity and the omnipresent dots conjured in her mind. Kusama recently opened her own museum in Tokyo while a major retrospective of her 65-year career organized by the Hirshhorn Museum, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, is touring to six major cities in North America.
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About Yayoi Kusama

Avant-garde Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama was an influential figure in the postwar New York art scene, staging provocative happenings and exhibiting works such as her “Infinity Nets”, hallucinatory paintings of loops and dots (and physical representations of the idea of infinity). Narcissus Garden, an installation of hundreds of mirrored balls, earned Kusama notoriety at the 1966 Venice Biennale, where she attempted to sell the individual spheres to passersby. Kusama counted Donald Judd and Eva Hesse among her close friends, and is often considered an influence on Andy Warhol and a precursor to Pop art. Since her return to Japan in the 1970s, Kusama's work has continued to appeal to the imagination and the senses, including dizzying walk-in installations, public sculptures, and the "Dots Obsessions" paintings.

Japanese, b. 1929, Matsumoto City, Japan, based in Tokyo, Japan