New York

Yayoi Kusama

Center for International Contemporary Arts

The Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama spent the years 1958–1973 in New York where she gained her first notoriety. During that period her work shared affinities with a nearly encyclopedic range of avant-garde practices. Her large “Net” paintings coincided with reductivist abstraction, her “Accumulations”—beginning around 1962, first with collage, then as environments with stuffed-fabric penises clustered on common household furnishings—anticipated the proliferation of strange erotic objects during the latter half of the decade, and her nudist Happenings from the late ’60s and early ’70s were right in sync with the politicized exhibitionism of the Age of Aquarius.

Kusama returned to Japan in 1973 and has been voluntarily living and making her work in a Tokyo psychiatric hospital since 1977. This small retrospective showed her at her best and still left one curious to see more—especially of her

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