Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929) is an artist and writer known for exploring a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, collage, performance art and environmental installations. She is considered to be one of the most important living artists to come out of Japan with her renowned psychedelic and polka dot installations and art. From 1957 to 1973, Kusama lived and worked in New York City, where she produced paintings influenced by Abstract Expressionism, before moving towards sculpture and installation, exhibiting works alongside Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg, among others. In 1973, Kusama moved back to Japan, and then disappeared from the art scene when she voluntarily admitted herself to a mental hospital. She continues to produce both art and literary works and has been the subject of retrospectives at The Museum of Modern Art, New York (1998), the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2012), and the Tate Modern, New York (2012).
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