Sunday, August 21, 2016
Yayoi Kusama, one of Japan's premier artists had an exhibit this summer at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Standing in a small room surrounded by mirrors, I saw the ever changing colors in an installation titled Residing in a Castle of Shed Tears. (See picture above). Kusama-- artist, sculptress, novelist, poet, influencer of fasshion design (Louis Vuitton has used her designs on handbags), pop culture icon, feminist--first came to attention in Japan when she organized "happenings" in which the naked participants were painted in brightly colored polka dots. She moved to the United States in 1957 and became associated with pop culture artists such as Andy Warhol. Eventually she returned to her native Japan and now lives (by choice) in a psychiatric hospital and is still actively involved in the art scene. She once said, "If it were not for art, I would have killed myself a long time ago."
At the gift shop I bought a plate by Kusama entitled Women Wait for Love but Men Walk Away.
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