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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Yayoi Kusama Covered Everything in Dots and Wasn't Sorry
by Fausto Gilberti
Age Range: 6-8
“Each dot was part of thousands of others – they made me feel like I was a single dot that was part of our infinite universe.”
The Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama covers her paintings in hundreds of dots. Dots are everywhere! Kusama studied traditional Japanese painting but she wanted to express herself through art in a different way.
In this glorious celebration of Kusama’s work, Italian illustrator/author Fausto Gilberti, has captured the extraordinary creativity of one of the most popular contemporary artists today. He wanted to make “the princess of dots” understandable and enjoyable for young children. Narrated in the first person Kusama recounts her childhood, move from Japan to America, her successes and final return to Japan where she still lives and works today. Gilberti’s witty text together with the playful layouts and animated simple black-line illustrations are eye-catching.
Readers of all ages will be entertained and inspired by the extraordinary variety of Kusama’s artistic output. Her dots were reflected in rooms with mirrored walls, ceilings, and floors. Dots on tables and dresses and bright polka dots on people’s bodies provided a way to protest against political events like the Vietnam War and to share messages of love and peace.
This is the third in a new series of picture-book biographies on contemporary artists by Phaidon. At the back of the book, there is a reproduction of one of the artist’s works – “All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins” and a summarising biography.