Yayoi Kusama is one of a small group of international artists whose work is instantly recognizable beyond the art world. She is most known for her polka dots and her Infinity Nets, a motif and a body of work that have been a lifelong obsession for the artist. She described the nets—a single arc of paint repeated endlessly—as a manifestation of the mental illness that has affected her since childhood. Paintings completed in 2011 reference in form and subject her earliest work; illustrating a life-long, obsessive interest in infinity, accumulation, repetition and self-obliteration.
Born in Japan in 1929, Kusama came to the United States in 1957. In the 1960s, she made a reputation for herself in the Manhattan art scene with her groundbreaking paintings and art happenings. She was “as famous as Andy Warhol” by the time she returned to her native Japan in 1972. Kusama has continued to create art and to write and publish her work up to the current day. A major exhibition of her work travelled the world in 2012.