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Kusama – Infinity

(Rated M)

"I convert the energy of life into dots of the universe."

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Overview

From the walls of MoMA to the leather-goods of Louis Vuitton, the colourful polka dot motifs of 89-year-old Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama are no less than iconic. But her journey to creative success and critical acceptance followed decades of struggle: against an abusive upbringing and lifelong mental illness; against a conservative Japanese art world; and against Western racism and sexism. This vibrant new documentary follows her ambitious journey from her home country to New York’s avant-garde art scene, coming-of-age with her Pop Art peers and surpassing them with her stunning forays into installation, performance, painting, sculpture, fashion design, film and writing.

"Fascinating and inspiring ... a genuinely felt portrait of the artist as a dedicated survivor."
— The Los Angeles Times
"A visually exuberant experience."
— Film Journal International

Why You Should See This Film

After six decades of being an artist, people around the globe are still experiencing Kusama's work for the first time in record numbers, and she continues to create new art every day. Filmed over more than ten years, Kusama – Infinity charts her childhood in WWII Japan, her move to America (after corresponding with Georgia O’Keeffe), her ageing practice and her complex relationship to the art establishment. The documentary debut from Heather Lenz, this film is an elegant portrait of Kusama's cultural legacy and unrelenting defiance.

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  • Year: 2018
  • Rating: M
  • Director: Heather Lenz
  • Duration: 76 minutes
  • Language: English
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