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Yayoi Kusama

Lives of Artists

Robert Shore

$17.99

Yayoi Kusama is simultaneously one of the most famous and most mysterious artists on the planet. Millions have stood transfixed in her Infinity Rooms and posed with her enormous polka-dotted pumpkins. They’re familiar with her iconic bob, colorful clothes and love of the polka dot. Few, however, know Kusama’s story. Here Robert Shore deconstructs this otherworldly persona, revealing Kusama’s difficult childhood in Japan, her wild child years in New York during the 1960s and, ultimately, how she overcame profound mental health struggles to become an art superstar whose exhibitions are the most visited of any single living artist.

Robert Shore is the author of Post-Photography: The Artist with a Camera (2014) and Beg, Steal and Borrow: Artists against Originality (2017). He has worked as creative director of the contemporary visual culture brand Elephant and as deputy editor of Art Review magazine.

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