Yayoi Kusama


by Laura Hoptman, Akira Tatehata and Udo Kultermann

Almost a decade before her collaboration with Louis Vuitton filled the streets of every major city, Phaidon’s Contemporary Artists series published the first ever monograph collating the 40-year career of Yayoi Kusama.

From the first appearance of her intricate and now-ubiquitous “Infinity Nets” paintings in the late 1950s, Kusama’s work has always carried an air of obsessional repetition—a quality she attributes to her precarious psychological state. Her pieces feel both innocent and overwhelming. For this volume, Kusama herself selected tanka poems by renowned 20th Century Japanese poet Takuboku Ishikawa to accompany her own work. He was, after all, an artist who also combined his personal suffering with great formal innovation.

Publication Date: 2001

Publisher: Phaidon

Details: Softcover. 160 pp.

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