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An insightful documentary about artist YAYOI KUSAMA, the dot queen

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If you're feeling art-oriented, keep an eye for the Yayoi Kusama documentary, released by Magnolia Pictures.

The renowned artist and dot expert got a documentary which settles some information about her background and we just received a trailer. Directed by Heather Lenz, Kusama: Infinity will delve into her lengthy career, exploring a range of topics including her process, the ongoing influence of her work and the challenges she faced as a Japanese woman in a white male-dominated industry. (via Vice)

The film will be released by Mongolia Pictures, who describe how “Kusama was an underdog with everything stacked against her -- the trauma of growing up in Japan during World War II, life in a dysfunctional family that discouraged her creative ambitions, sexism and racism in the art establishment, mental illness in a culture where that was a particular shame, and eventually growing old and continuing to pursue and be devoted to her art full time.”

"It hits all the major milestones and expands on Kusama’s “self-obliteration” philosophy, connecting it to the artist’s childhood trauma, her mental health issues and the discrimination she faced as an ambitious Asian woman in New York City in the 60s – and in Japan as a woman defying social norms. Kusama is interviewed, but it’s the art-world voices whose sound bites effectively write her back into the histories of pop art and minimalism – which she was once left out of – that make the film satisfying to watch." (NowToronto)

Yayoi was born in Japan in 1929. She loved drawing and painting and although her parents didn't want her to be an artist, she was determined. When her mother tore up her drawings, she made more. When she could not afford to buy art materials, she used mud and old sacks to make art. This is a drawing she made of her mum when she was 10-years-old.

‘Our earth is only one polka dot among a million stars in the cosmos. Polka dots are a way to infinity. When we obliterate nature and our bodies with polka dots, we become part of the unity of our environment’, the artist expalins. (via Tate)

Currently, Kusama is one of the biggest selling artists in the world. You might have seen her Infinity Room. It's all about the dot.

Watch the trailer below.

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