Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese contemporary artist. She works primarily in sculpture and installation, but is also active in painting, performance, film, fashion, poetry, fiction, and other arts. Her work, based in conceptual art, shows some attributes of minimalism, surrealism, Art Brut, pop art, and abstract expressionism.

Born in Japan in 1929, Kusama came to the United States in 1957 and quickly found herself at the epicenter of the New York avant-garde. After achieving fame through groundbreaking exhibitions and art “happenings,” she returned to her native country in 1973 and is now one of Japan’s most prominent contemporary artists.

Her breakthrough works, " The Infinity Net" paintings, emerged from an earlier series of watercolours entitled "Pacific Ocean", which she had made in response to watching the tracery of waves on the surface of the sea when she had flown for the first time from Tokyo. The nets she painted were made from a repetitive singular gesture of impasto in little loops, like interlocking scales; the longest canvases measured 30ft. One of these canvases sold in 2014 for $7.1m, a record for a living female artist.

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