The Artist Birthday Series

Yayoi Kusama

Today’s Artist Birthday: Yayoi Kusama (草間 彌生 or 弥生 Kusama Yayoi, born March 22, 1929), multifaceted artist and writer


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Throughout her career, the artist Yayoi Kusama has worked in a wide variety of media, including painting, collage, scat sculpture, performance art, and environmental installations, most of which exhibit her thematic interest in psychedelic colors, repetition and pattern. A precursor of the pop art, minimalist and feminist art movements, Kusama influenced contemporaries such as Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg. Although largely forgotten after departing the New York art scene in the early 1970s, Kusama is now acknowledged as one of the most important living artists to come out of Japan, and an essential voice of the avant-garde.

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