Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama is a true singular figure in modern art, highly original and tremendously popular.

Based in Tokyo, Kusama (b. 1929) has gained world fame in recent decades for her universe of brightly colored, sprawling patterns covering the surfaces of paintings and sculptures and spreading across entire rooms.

Yayoi Kusama is the artist who filled up her world up with brightly painted spots. Suffering hallucinations and obsessive thoughts since she was a child, her career has been characterised by abrupt shifts in the areas in which she works – film, painting, poetry and ‘happenings’ to name just four of them. Its incredibly immersive nature, what she has occasionally referred to as ‘obliteration’, has remained the one constant – from her earliest, 1940s four-inch square drawings influenced by traditional Nihonga paintings, to the work she is still creating today, by all accounts, as formidable as ever at 80-years-old.

February 19th she will open the exhibition In Infinity at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvik.

By: Cathrine Sigurdsen