Texts by Philip Larratt-Smith and Frances Morris
Obsesión Infinita accompanies the first Latin American retrospective of Yayoi Kusama (born 1929), a massive survey of more than 100 works created between 1950 and 2013. It includes her abstract paintings of the 1950s, made just prior to her move to New York in 1957; the “soft sculptures” that followed her move, and her friendships with Donald Judd, Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg and Joseph Cornell; and the famous happenings of the late 60s. It was in these years that Kusama became known as “the Polka Dot Princess,” for her obsessive use of polka dots in installations and performances. In 1973 she returned to Japan, and in 1977 settled voluntarily in a psychiatric clinic where she has continued to make performances and installations. Alongside color reproductions, this volume includes archival photographs of Kusama performances and portraits of the artist from the many periods of her career.