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INFINITE DREAM - AN EXHIBITION OF YAYOI KUSAMA’S WORKS SEASON TWO (solo)
EXHIBITION SYNOPSISAbout Infinite Dream - An Exhibition of Yayoi Kusama’s works Season two
The Infinite Dream of Yayoi Kusama continues infinitely. After the passionately received first season, season two of the exhibition will begin at the sweet date of Valentine’s Day, February 14th – just like what Kusama once said, she wished her works to deliver the message of love and peace. On such a day of love, Je Fine Arts Gallery will display a new collection of Yaoyi Kusama’s artworks
Yayoi Kusama has had many titles and names for her fame, such as “a national treasure of Japan”, “queen of polka dots”, “queen of the avant-garde”, “psycho artist”, etc. Born in Matsumoto, Nagano, into an upper-middle-class family of seedling merchants, she later on moved to New York for her debut of avant-garde art and became the pioneer of the circle, influencing contemporary big names such as Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg.
But mental illness is something that accompanies her far longer than the fame and wealth.
The childhood of Kusama is not a happy story. A depressing family with a mother who showed no support to her art dream and a conservative social environment urged her to escape from home to the big city of New York. She said, “I was well aware that if I want to pursue a career in arts, I had to escape from the suffocating Japan and to the outside world.”
The story of her gaining success as an artist in New York is all history with no need to elaborate anymore. However, the fame and wealth did not get Kusama free from the suffering of mental illness, until 1962 when she met the well-known American contemporary artist and avant-garde filmmaker Joseph Cornell.
They kept a platonic romantic relationship until Cornell’s death in 1972. The death of her lover made a powerful strike on Kusama’s mental stability. In 1973, a year after Cornell’s passing away, Kusama left New York and went back to Japan, escaping from the eyes of fellow artists, art critics and the media, living alone in the hospital, in a almost isolated-from-the-world way.
The New York Times once commented on her 60s works leaded by Infinite Net that “her works completely devoid personal emotions, confusing the viewers with a paranoid repetition. ”
But the Kusama of 1979, after all the spotlights and applauds, after the pain of losing her lover, let loose the fierce isolation and fearlessness in her paintings. This time Je Fine Art Gallery gathers a precious collection of her original works of that period. It is apparent that there is an increasing sense of humanity and personal emotions in these works. From the perspective of subjects, they portray more figurative objects instead of the abstract images of her earlier works. When it comes to techniques, the brushworks of ink vary on the paper, every stroke giving different textures and thus showing the artist’s emotions.
1979 is also the year when Kusama started making print works. We are going to include those as a part of the display as well. Among the print works, the most distinctive ones are, without doubt, the series of the pumpkins.
Along with the print pumpkins, we are also going to display an original sculpture pumpkin of the artist with her autographs at the bottom. Looking closely at this work, you will certainly get a sense why Kusama’s arts are equally popular in the fashion world.