Now the top-selling female artist in the world, Yayoi Kusama overcame countless odds to bring her radical artistic vision to the world stage. For decades, her work pushed boundaries that often alienated her from her peers and those in power in the art world.
Kusama was an underdog with everything stacked against her-the trauma of growing up in Japan during World War II, life in a dysfunctional family that discouraged her creative ambitions, sexism and racism in the art establishment, mental illness in a culture where that was a particular shame, and eventually growing old and continuing to pursue and be devoted to her art full time.
In spite of it all, Kusama has endured and has created a legacy of artwork that spans the disciplines of painting, sculpture, installation art, performance art, poetry, and novels.
After working as an artist for over six decades, people around the globe are experiencing her Infinity Mirrored Rooms in record numbers, as Kusama continues to create new work every day.
"Unspools like an intimate conversation. The takeaway is a deeply human understanding of the untidy inner life of one of international culture’s biggest stars."
"Makes a convincing case that the art world and the general public are still catching up with the influence of Yayoi Kusama, the painter, sculptor and performance artist perhaps most widely known for her mirrored “Infinity” rooms… Provides ample, illuminating access to an artist’s way of thinking and working."
"Fascinating and inspiring. A genuinely felt portrait of the artist as a dedicated survivor, ever in service to her vision of the world and fighting for her place in it."
Directed by Heather Lenz
In English and Japanese with English Subtitles
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