Kusama – Infinity 2018

Directed by Heather Lenz Portrait of an Artist

Now, at 89 years old the top-selling female artist in the world, Yayoi Kusama overcame family opposition, sexism, racism and mental illness to bring her radical artistic vision to the world stage.

Jul 21

The Civic Theatre

Jul 25

Hollywood Avondale

Jul 26
Selling Fast

Rialto Cinemas Newmarket

Jul 30

The Civic Theatre

USA In English and Japanese with English subtitles
77 minutes DCP
E

Director/Screenplay

Producers

Karen Johnson
,
David Koh
,
Dan Braun
,
Heather Lenz

Photography

Hart Perry
,
Itaya Hideaki
,
Ken Kobland
,
Takeda Shinpei

Editors

Ideno Keita
,
Takeda Shinpei
,
Carl Pfirman
,
Heather Lenz
,
Sam Karp
,
John Northrup
,
Nora Tennessen

Music

Allyson Newman

With

Yayoi Kusama

Festivals

Sundance 2018

Elsewhere

Escaping a traumatic family upbringing in Japan, a young female artist hit 1960s New York determined to succeed. Propelled by a psychological need to make art for her own survival, Yayoi Kusama’s extraordinary career has traversed highs and deep lows. Widely known for her polka dot covered realities, she also staged public political happenings as well as gate-crashing the Venice Biennale with an uninvited outdoor work.

Routinely copied by male contemporaries such as Andy Warhol, she faced enormous hurdles of racism and sexism in the post-World War II American art world. Yet her relentless pursuit of recognition, and her ground-breaking use of participatory installation, eventually led her to the fame she deserves.

Kusama literally transforms the world around her into colourful, boundary-less infinities. Now living, age 89, in a mental institution in Toyko, she continues to output work which sells for millions. This is a riveting and comprehensive portrait of the world’s most successful living female artist. — Jo Randerson

“Imagine if the unhappy Vincent van Gogh had finally, in late middle age, witnessed the acclaim that his work receives today. That’s the bittersweet story of Yayoi Kusama, the 89-year-old Japanese painter and sculptor whose social-media-friendly mirror rooms have made her the most-viewed female artist of all time.

It’s vindication for a unique artistic vision that, according to the documentary Kusama – Infinity by Heather Lenz, created soft sculptures before Claes Oldenburg, multiples as wallpaper before Andy Warhol and mirrored rooms before Lucas Samaras.” — Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail