Representing a homecoming of sorts, the Japanese legend’s Tate retrospective travels to New York. It was here in the 1960s that she first staked her claim on the art world with her dot paintings, nude outdoor happenings, suggestive, tendril-like “Accumulation” sculptures and mirrored “Infinity Room” environments. Having suffered from hallucinations since childhood, Kusama returned to her native Japan in 1977, where she’s resided since as a voluntary patient in a psychiatric hospital. Defying boundaries between outside and inside, West and East, male and female, Kusama is one of contemporary art’s most compelling figures.
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Yayoi Kusama, Accumulation
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