Whitestone Gallery Hong Kong Hollywood Road is delighted to present Yayoi Kusama－Print Works solo exhibition. More than 30 artworks from the artist’s career will be showcasing at our gallery space.
Born in 1929 in Matsumoto, Japan. Yayoi Kusama, the post-war avant-grade artist that Japan is proud of, beautifully transforms her hallucination into one-of-a-kind art pieces. Ways to overcome her disease since younger age, painting is always her remedy. After learning traditional Japanese painting in Kyoto, Kusama moves to the United States in 1957, where the artist creates the most significant works－infinity nets, soft sculptures by accumulations, happenings, etc－. Although many critics have tried to categorize Kusama in the contexts of various cultural tides such as feminism, minimalism, surrealism, Art Brut, pop art and abstract expressionism, the artist only thinks herself as an “obsessive artist”.
In 1973, She put an end to her 16 years’ New York stay and moved back to Japan; Kusama isolated herself with the crowd and only focusing on her creation. In contrast to her illustrious career in New York, Japanese press has reported her performance unfavorably, as if she was not highly regarded at all. However, this did not stop her by creating art.
In 1979, Kusama was inspired by the Japanese silk screenprint master, Tokuzu Okabe and started to create a series of print works; furthermore, Kusama cooperated with Kihachi Kimura and expended her creation to lithograph and etching in 1984. After Andy Warhol changed the Westerners’ mind by presenting print as his main medium, Kusama pushed the recognition to another dimension.
Besides, the exhibition will be showcasing one of the iconic installation from Kusama, the Infinity Mirror Room; a mirror-lined chamber housing a dazzling and seemingly endless LED light display to amidst today’s renewed interest in experiential practices and virtual spaces.