Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

Texts by Melissa Chiu, Alexander Dumbadze, Gloria Sutton, and Miwako Tezuka

World-renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has worked in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, performance art, and installation. Kusama’s iconic Infinity Mirror Rooms, which originated with Phalli’s Field in 1965, situate viewers in kaleidoscopic spaces filled with multicolored lights or whimsical forms. These mirror-lined installations reflect endlessly, distorting rooms to project the illusion of infinite space. Over the years, the works have come to symbolize different modalities within the various contexts they have inhabited, from Kusama's “self-obliteration” in the Vietnam War era to her more harmonious aspirations in the present. 

By examining her early unsettling installations alongside her more recent ethereal atmospheres, this volume aims to historicize the body of work amidst the resurgence of experiential practices within the global landscape of contemporary art. Generously illustrated, this publication invites readers to examine the series’ impact over the course of the artist’s career. Accompanying essays, an interview with the artist, and a scholarly chronology round out the book.


Publisher: Prestel

Artists: Yayoi Kusama

Contributors: Melissa Chiu, Alexander Dumbadze, Gloria Sutton, Miwako Tezuka

Publication Date: 2017

Binding: Hardcover

Dimensions: 8 3/4 x 10 3/4 in (22.2 x 27.3 cm)

Pages: 224

Reproductions: 200 color

ISBN: 9783791355948

Retail: $49.95 | £35

Status: Available

Yayoi Kusama

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.

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