I have been making prints ever since I was captivated by their allure, and am constantly overwhelmed by the brilliance arising from within the process of making them. - Yayoi Kusama
Peter Blum Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition Yayoi Kusama Prints from 1982 to 2004, May 24 through July 27, 2007, and August 21 through August 25, at Peter Blum SoHo, 99 Wooster Street, New York. This is the first survey of Kusama’s prints in the United States. On view will be a selection of over 20 years of her print works, including etchings, lithographs, and silkscreens.
Kusama’s prints reflect ideas and themes found throughout her entire body of work. Her prints, like her work in other mediums, reveal her unique vision of the world. Kusama has said that from a young age she suffered from hallucinations, seeing auras and dots and hearing voices from plants and animals. Rather than battle with these visual and audible illusions, she painted and drew them. As a result, her characteristic imagery of infinity nets, monochrome colors, repetitive and abstract forms developed, and was often incorporated in her prints, installation, sculpture, painting, collage and performance. Furthermore, the repetitive process of printmaking and the idea of multiples appeal to her aesthetic.
Yayoi Kusama was born in 1929 in Matsumoto-shi, Nagano-ken, Japan. She currently lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. She has exhibited extensively internationally, including a significant solo exhibition in 1989 at the Center for International Contemporary Arts, New York, and a major retrospective that traveled to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, in 1998-1999. In addition, Kusama was the representative artist for Japan in the 1993 Venice Biennial.