靴を履いて野にゆこう / Going to the Field with Shoes On
Born in Matsumoto city, Nagano prefecture, Japan in 1929. Kusama graduated from Kyoto Municipal School of Arts and Crafts in 1949 (currently Kyoto City Dohda Senior High School of Art). Admired and appreciated around the world for her iconic works such as “Infinity Net” and “Pumpkin”, Kusama is undoubtedly one of the most significant Japanese artists of our time. Suffering from hallucinations since childhood, Kusama’s drawings are filled with numerous dots and nets as if produced purposely to protect herself. She moved to the United States in the late 1950s, and in the early years of her career, she vigorously continued to produce works such as "Happening" (performances) and sculptures reminiscent of male genitalia and has gained recognition for being the "queen of the avant-garde". She was highly acclaimed by leading figures in the American art scene at the time, such as Joseph Cornell and Donald Judd, and her pioneering spirit that is commonly said to have inspired Claes Oldenburg's creation of soft sculptures installations. Kusama’s tremendous creativity continues to this day, showing no sign of drying up. She was the representative of the Japanese Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 1993, and her touring exhibition "YAYOI KUSAMA" held from 2011 to 2012 at Museo Reina Sofía (Madrid), The Centre Pompidou (Paris), Tate Modern (London), and Whitney Museum of American Art (New York) gained extraordinary popularity. Kusama has also collaborated with Louis Vuitton (since 2012) and has worked with Marc Jacobs, who was the designer of brand.