Yayoi Kusama. Mirrored Years
Les presses du réel, Dijon, 2009
Yayoi Kusama appeared on the international art scene in the 1960s with much panache, shortly after moving from Japan to New York. She established her name with her enormous ‘Infinity Net’ paintings and her gallery-filling installations, which ensconce the visitor in thousands of colourful little stuffed textile protrusions – often phallus-like. Kusama’s fame also spread thanks to the succes de scandale surrounding her public happenings, which have included men and women performing naked in the streets of New York. Yayoi Kusama was embraced by all the important American artists of the era: Pop Artists such as Claes Oldenburg and Andy Warhol, leading American Abstractionists such as Barnett Newmann and Mark Rothko, and artists of a younger generation such as Donald Judd and Dan Flavin.
In 1962, Yayoi Kusama was the only female artist to take part in the widely acclaimed ‘Nul’ (Zero) international group exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. She has exhibited alongside European artists including Lucio Fontana, Pol Bury, Otto Piene and Gunther Uecker, as well as with artists from the Dutch Nul group (closely aligned with the German Zero movement), such as Jan Schoonhoven and Henk Peeters. Yayoi Kusama was a regular exhibitor on the Dutch art scene in the 1960s and ’70s. She developed a close friendship with Henk Peeters and Jan Schoonhoven and in those days she exercised considerable influence on the development of Dutch art.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition Yayoi Kusama: Mirrored Years at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (August – October, 2008), at Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (February – June, 2009) and at City Gallery, Wellington.