Yayoi Kusama


Reissue of the seminal 2012 book that accompanied the first major retrospective of the artist’s work in Britain


ISBN: 9781854379399 Category:

Frances Morris


Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (b.1929) is arguably Japan’s most famous living artist. Her originality, innovation and powerful desire to communicate have propelled her through a career that has spanned six decades. During this time, Kusama has explored painting, printmaking, photography, collage, film and video, performance and installation, as well as product design.

From the late 1950s to the early 1970s Kusama lived in New York and was at the forefront of many artistic innovations in the city. Returning to Japan in her forties, she rebuilt her career, waiting years for the international recognition she has recently achieved. In her ninth decade her imagination remains richly creative and she continues to extend the range of her practice.

Having accompanied the first major retrospective exhibition of the artist’s work to be staged in the UK, this lavishly illustrated book features an introductory essay by Director of Tate Modern, Frances Morris, as well as four other substantial essays by leading international critics. Topics covered included Kusama’s time in New York, her career after her return to Japan, her installation works and an exploration of her art from a psychoanalytical point of view.”

Additional information

Weight 997 g
Dimensions 22.3 x 27.5 cm
Publisher name Tate Publishing
Publication date 1 September 2020
Number of pages 208
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 22.3 x 27.5 cm
Weight 997 g


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FRANCES MORRIS is Director, Tate Modern.