Japan, Matsumoto 1929
Directly after arriving in New York in the early 1960s, the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama took the international art world by storm. She made a name for herself through her enormous, obsessively crafted ‘Infinity Net’ paintings and installations that entirely engulf the viewer. Her fame also grew as a result of her notorious ‘happenings’ involving naked men and women in the streets of New York. Throughout the 1960s Kusama exhibited in the United States and in Europe together with the most influential artists of the period. She gained the admiration and praise of fellow artists as diverse as Andy Warhol, Mark Rothko, Donald Judd and Lucio Fontana. For years she has maintained intensive contact with the artists of the Nul group in the Netherlands. In 1972 Kusama returns to Japan, where she continues to work on her idiosyncratic oeuvre and has attained unrivalled star status. Her highly consistent body of work focuses on those themes, forms and subjects that have fascinated her for decades.