Spot on - Yayoi Kusama at the Tate Modern
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Spot on - Yayoi Kusama at the Tate Modern

Britain's first retrospective of Japan's most famous living artist is filled with magic, force and of course, spots.

 Now in her eighties, Yayoi Kusama rarely leaves her home country or the psychiatric hospital where she has voluntarily spent most of the last forty years, but this most charismatic and enduring figure of Japan's art scene was present at the opening of The Tate Modern's summer blockbuster expedition, a retrospective of her own work. The first to be held in this country and perhaps one of the most complete to have been held anywhere.

With over 60 years in the art world Yayoi Kusama studied traditional Japanese painting, before turning to the Western avant-garde and moving to New York in1957. Across her career she has interacted with multiple movements from minimalism, to pop-art to her involvement in the hippie counterculture of the late 1960s, with her organisation of 'body festivals' where the participants would be naked apart from her trademark polkadots.

Being a retrospective The Tate Modern exhibition draws on work from across her long and multifaceted career, taking us through each phase via individual immersive environments. Though perhaps not as overwhelming as might be expected, this journey through her career is powerful, involving and gives a clear insight into the troubled mind of one of the art world's most unexpected and long burning stars.

9 February – 5 June 2012

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