"American art historian and Museum of Modern Art curator Laura Hoptman examines in her Survey the gradual transitions in the artist's work, from painting to performance, to installation, in the context of her international artistic contemporaries. Japanese poet and art critic Akira Tatehata discusses with the artist her own evolving relationship to her work and how it is received in Eastern and Western contexts. German-born art historian Udo Kultermann focusses on the artist's seminal installation work, Driving Image, (1959-64) which he exhibited in Essen, Germany, in 1966. The artist has selected tanka poems by Takuboku Ishikawa (1886-1912), a renowned Japanese poet who, like Kusama, combined the expression of personal suffering with great formal innovations in his work. Yayoi Kusama is known not only as an artist but also as a novelist, underground filmmaker and fashion designer." - Abstract, inside cover of book jacket. Also includes writings by the artist, chronology, bibliography and a list of illustrations.
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