YAKOI KUSAMA and her polka dots in a book for children.
Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, famed for her polka dot-patterned works and immersive installations, is the subject of a new children’s book that goes on sale this month.
Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity! was written by Sarah Suzuki, a curator at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, and features reproductions of seven of Kusama’s artworks along with illustrations by Ellen Weinstein.
“I am a fan of Ms. Kusama’s work and employ a vibrant palette in my work as well. The book begins with her childhood in Japan, the nature she drew from and her passion for art at an early age. We continued the story to follow her days in New York and then her eventual return to Japan.” says Ellen of the project.
Children (the book is geared toward 5-8-year-olds) will learn about the artist’s childhood in the mountains of the Japan and a vision she had one day in which the entire world was covered in polka dots. As the story goes, this led Kusama to begin covering her paintings, sculptures and her own body in polka dots.
The artist later traveled the world, bringing her dots to Tokyo, Seattle, New York and Venice.
“Different people saw these dots in different ways—some thought they were tiny, like cells, and others imagined them enormous, like planets,” reads a description, which adds that the book “tells the story of an artist whose work will not be complete until her dots cover the world.”
Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity! is currently available for preorder and will be released on October 10, 2017.