Friday 17 February 2012

Yayoi Kusama (b. March 22 1929)

Kusama's exhibition, currently on at Tate Modern in London, from the 9th of February to June the 5th 2012.

I have not visited yet but can not wait to be intoxicated by her somewhat cheerful and yet claustrophobic, lonely, dotted world.

Voluntarily living in a mental institution in her native Japan since the late 1970s, Kusama is living proof that yes, art can save you. Or at least it allows one to create a world of your own making juxtaposed to the world we cannot completely control or comprehend.

Kusama left Japan for the first time in 12 years especially to attend the opening of her retrospective at the Tate Modern in February 2012.

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In this blog I intend to do some historical justice to the many, many women who have contributed with their genius, creativity, adventurous spirit, nurturing - amongst other qualities - to the apparent linear and male dominated prescribed notion of History. This is just the beggining.