© yayoi kusama - self-obliteration  - ink and photograph
although highly remarkable, the life and career of yayoi kusama  has had its ups and downs. hailing from provincial matsumoto in central japan, she shocked her bourgeois family with her bold artistic expressions and took refuge in new york in the late 1950s. it was there that kusama's work first found resonance, with a number of art innovators that made up the city's leading art community of that time. probably best known for her iconic dotted canvases and other artworks [inspired by regular hallucinations she suffered from in her childhood], kusama's artistic journey spans an amazing nine decades, leading not only to global recognition as an artist but also gaining her a cult status in her native japan. next summer louis vuitton will release a collab collection of apparel, bags and accessories which is quite indicative of her current stature as an artist. kusama's retrospective that's currently on at london's tate modern arguably is the city's exhibition of the year, featuring an abundance of emblematic pieces from her entire career, ranging from paintings, drawings and sculptures, to films and immersive installations. don't miss! [on through jun 5]. location: bankside [southwark].
© tate modern