“My name is Yayoi. I’m an artist and I’d like to tell you my story.” So begins the fictionalized first-person narrative about the life and work of avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama who left Japan as a young woman to come to the United States “where artists were doing exciting new things.” Yayoi’s “new thing” was dots. She put them everywhere in her art, and then expanded to “soft, cushioned shapes …which I used to fill rooms, boats, and shoes, and cover couches, armchairs, and hats…” Today she continues to make her daring art and she continues to be a celebrated artist. Gilberti depicts Kusama and her work entirely in black-and-white, and still manages to capture the distinctive nature of the unusual artwork of this singular visionary.
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A clever, quirky book about one of the world's most beloved contemporary artists - aimed at young readers and written from Kusama's point of view!
Yayoi Kusama covers her paintings in hundreds and hundreds of dots. Her dots come off her canvases to cover dresses, tables, walls, and more!
She creates mirrored rooms and fills them with glittering balls and lights, until there is an infinity of dots - just like in her paintings. Fausto Gilberti brings movement, life, and whimsy to the true life story of one of the most important contemporary Japanese artists of our time - an artist who is still dazzling museum- and gallery-goers around the globe today.
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