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International Bonds

Yayoi Kusuma  and Beatrice Perry

by Sue Morrow Flanagan

YAYOI KUSAMA, High Heels, 1964, soft sculpture given to Beatrice Perry's son on his 16th birthday. Courtesy Beatrice Perry. Photo by Sue Morrow Flanagan.

How many great artists have vanished into the void, lost and forgotten for lack of a mentor and friend? One of the lost could easily have been Japan’s Yayoi Kusama, who defied the social mores and traditions of two conservative countries to amazing ends. Looking back, Kusama reflects on two particular friendships, "Were it not for Georgia…

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