Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity
By Sarah Suzuki. Illustrations by Ellen Weinstein. Works of art by Yayoi Kusama
Growing up in the mountains of Japan, Yayoi Kusama dreamed of becoming an artist. One day, she had a vision in which the world and everything in it—the plants, the people, the sky—were covered in polka dots. She began to cover her paintings, drawings, sculptures, and even her body with dots. As she grew up, she traveled all around the world, from Tokyo to Seattle, New York to Venice, and brought her dots with her. Different people saw these dots in different ways—some thought they were tiny, like cells, and others imagined them enormous, like planets. Every year, Kusama sees more of the world, covering it with dots and offering people a way to experience it the way she does.
Written by Sarah Suzuki, a curator at The Museum of Modern Art, and featuring reproductions of Kusama’s instantly recognizable artworks, this colorful book tells the story of an artist whose work will not be complete until her dots cover the world, from here to infinity.
Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art
Artists: Yayoi Kusama
Contributors: Sarah Suzuki, Ellen Weinstein
Designer: Naomi Mizusaki, Supermarket
Printer: Ofset Yapimevi, Istanbul
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 9 1/2 x 12 in | 24.1 x 30.5 cm
Reproductions: Illustrated throughout
Retail: $19.95 | £15
Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s (b. 1929) work has transcended two of the most important art movements of the second half of the twentieth century: pop art and minimalism. Her highly influential career spans paintings, performances, room-size presentations, outdoor sculptural installations, literary works, films, fashion, design, and interventions within existing architectural structures, which allude at once to microscopic and macroscopic universes.
Sarah Suzuki is a Curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Ellen Weinstein is a New York-based illustrator who has won multiple awards for her work, which appears in magazines, newspapers, books, and advertising including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic.