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An Unwritten Biography

Overturning the Narrative of Yayoi Kusama's Self-obliteration

Takemi Kuresawa

YAYOI KUSAMA, Self-Obliteration, 1967, black-and-white photograph, ink, 18.2 x 24 cm, courtesy Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo.

Yayoi Kusama entered the spotlight in Japan on two occasions in the 1990s. First, she represented Japan at the 1993 Venice Biennale, then she was given a major retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, an exhibition that later travelled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. Presented at the same time as a solo show of photographer Nobuyoshi Araki's work, it drew…

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