Kusama – Infinity
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Kusama – Infinity

Yayoi Kusama is the most financially successful female artist in the world today. But her road to success was far from easy. They say that tragedy is an artist’s great inspiration, but this is ridiculous. In her documentary, Kusama – Infinity , filmmaker Heather Lenz pieces together a fascinating story of this little-known, yet wildly popular artist. Yayoi Kusama was born in Matsumoto city in Japan. As a child, she developed a love of art, but that love was discouraged by her family. She grew up in a family in turmoil. Her father’s unhappiness drew him to have numerous affairs, and her conservative mother did not want her daughter to pursue art as any kind of future. In spite of the discouragement from her family, Kusama pursued an art career. She embraces the modern art form with large paintings of dots. She did not paint dots but applied paint on the canvas allowing the negative space to create the dot. While beautiful, Kusama could not find success in male-dominated Japan. Artist Yayoi Kusama next to her “Dot Car” (1965) in KUSAMA – INFINITY. Photo credit: © Harrie Verstappen. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. “…her innovative ideas were being copied, […]

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