Heather Lenz’s KUSAMA–INFINITY chronicles the fascinating life of Kusama, one of the most innovative and influential artists of our time. Born to conservative parents in Japan, Yayoi Kusama’s wild creativity was not embraced. Kusama eventually moved to America to pursue her dreams, despite having no connections and speaking limited English. Undeterred, she worked her way into the New York pop-art scene and became famous in the 60’s with press attention comparable to Andy Warhol’s. Kusama fought racism and sexism in the industry, often finding herself at odds with other artists. But she never backed down or changed for anyone. One of her biggest challenges has been her own mental illness. Hallucinations of polka dots (which inspired much of her incredible conceptual art) were partly responsible for her move to a mental institution in Tokyo, where she’s lived for the last 30 years. Kusama remains prolific today, still a world-renowned and respected artist in her 80s. (In English and Japanese with subtitles)
• Sundance Film Festival (2018), Best Documentary Nominee
• Cleveland International Film Festival (2018), Best Documentary Nominee
Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
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