Upcoming Curator Talk: Yayoi Kusama by Curator Jill Dawsey

Yayoi Kusama, The Earth, 1953, gouache and pastel on paper, private collection, Japan

On exhibition through Feburary 13, Yayoi Kusama: Decades offers a focused presentation of exemplary works by renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. A key figure in the New York art world of the late 1950s and 1960s, Kusama’s pioneering work has galvanized subsequent generations of artists. From her early watercolor paintings of the 1950s to her “accumulation” sculptures of the 1960s, to recent, large-scale “infinity nets” paintings, the exhibition highlights works from each decade of the artist’s long career.

On January 19th, at 6 pm UMFA Acting Chief Curator Dr. Jill Dawsey will explore Yayoi Kusama’s transition from painter to sculptor to installation artist to performance artist. Dawsey will also discuss how Kusama’s artworks are thematically linked to certain facts of her biography-specifically, her status as a woman and an immigrant -as a “stranger”- in the western art world of the late 1950s and 1960s.

Kusama’s work was previously highlighted in an article on the history of the polka dot, called “Seeing Spots” on Slate.com.

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