'Infinity Net' by Yayoi Kusama


Infinity Net by Yayoi Kusama (2003).

I bought this book from my lovely friends, Tom and Holly, who run Got Enough Books in the Leicester Print Workshop (definitely check them out if you get the chance, they specialise in gorgeous art publications, all second hand and ethically sourced). 

Kusama's autobiography provided an emotional, entertaining and enlightening insight into her artistic practice, charting her difficult journey from rural Japan to New York, supported by letters from Georgia O'Keefe, and the groundbreaking work she created there. 

Kusama explains her repetative mark-making as a form of self-obliteration, almost a meditative destruction through making everything the same. The thing I found most interesting though, and that I had no idea about, were Kusama's immense 'Happenings'; great, naked, spectacles  rejecting the war-mongering attitude of the time, and promoting the freedom to love instead. I was really inspired by the boldness of the performances she describes, and the fusion of art with activism (she was even arrested - big respect). 

Eloquently written, Kusama provides a vivid picture of New York art scene in the 60's and 70's, colouring it with cameos from Donald Judd to Joseph Cornell. Absolutely fascinating, and a well-illustrated, quick read. 

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