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This documentary recounts the truly remarkable life and carrer of the acclaimed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. At 89 years of age, Kusama has become the best selling female artist in the world. However, as the film will depict she has had to overcome a traumatic childhood, racism, misogynism, and mental illness, and even having her innovations "ripped-off" by other artists. No English subtitles unless accessed through remote control, and the ones that appear when Japanese are spoken are rather small and usually presented against a light background. Stay for the postscripts which contain some wonderful surprises.
This documentary is absolute revelation. Finnaly a portrayal that gets pass the point of focus just on Kusama's psychologichal issues and obsession with dots. After watching this film I gained a new level of appreciation of her as an artist. Her absolute dedication and commitment to her work and believe that one can make this world better through art is ever so inspiring.
Congratulations to as equally dedicated director Heather Lenz on brinnging this film to life for us to enjoy.
Kusama is a trailblazer who defied all odds on her journey to become the top selling living female artist. Seeing her treated so unfairly brought me to tears. Ultimately the film is a very inspiring story of an artist who, despite being ahead of her time, figures out how to not only survive, but thrive.
Kusama Infinity is an extraordinary view into the life, mind & passion of trailblazer Yayoi Kusama. The filmmaker lets you experience Kusama's journey on an intimate level so much so that you truly feel the artist's emotions which leave the viewer feeling inspired & heartbroken at the same time. This film is a must see for any art lover or fan of documentaries or biopics.
Director Heather Lenz has created an important, timely, and fascinating film about the brilliant Yayoi Kusama, the now 89-year-old groundbreaking and only recently famous Japanese visual artist. In the early 1960s, Kusama escaped her stifling family to begin her career in New York, where she innovated--as Lenz's film reveals--only to have her concepts and techniques stolen by the likes of Warhol, Oldenburg, et al. These men soon eclipsed her celebrity, and at her expense. Hence Lenz's film is a very critical correction of the historical record. Lenz also locates the origins of some of Kusama's visual motifs in childhood trauma, which had resulted in hallucinations and then obsession with hallucinated shapes and patterns; Kusama herself acknowledges as much and credits art-making with her survival. Her mirrored "infinity room" installations, giant polka-dotted pumpkins, and huge paintings covered obsessively with her personal iconography, now draw massive crowds at museums and galleries all over the world. Heather Lenz has not only drawn a powerful portrait of an artist whose late fame has intense cultural significance, but has also set a humanistic standard for the accounting of biographical details and, critically, for setting the historical record straight.
Infinitely great. A thoughtful, compassionate and deeply profound look at one of the most influential and unsung artists of the modern era. The footage of Kusama is amazing and rare. Director Heather Lenz captures the eccentric essence of this fascinating figure, while also making a bigger statement about overlooked female artists and artists of color. This film demands to be seen because Kusama demands to be known.
Like a lot of people, I knew about Kusama from the colorful images that circulate on social media sites like Instagram. Although what I had seen of her art was intriguing, I didn't know anything about the woman behind the art. I had no idea how long and hard Kusama worked or how many obstacles she had to overcome to achieve the success that eluded her for so long. I highly recommend this movie that so sensitively portrays her story and corrects her place in history.
Compelling bio documentary about the now world-known and living Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama- her compulsion to create and her struggle to be respected, recognized and rewarded in her time. Beautiful and heart breakingly luminous.
Truly informative AND entertaining film about one of the most significant artists of her generation. If you know about Andy Warhol and his contemporaries but you don't know Kusama there are reasons for that - watch the movie and you'll see why being Japanese and a woman made her ripe for those guys to rip her off, use her genius for their own acclaim. But we're in a different era, and it's not Warhol whose art shows draw crowds out the door and down N. Grand Ave. at the Broad Museum and others around the world. I saw this film at Sundance and again at a LACMA screening in Los Angeles and I'm impressed by the painstaking detail with which the director executed her vision (Director Heather Lenz). Whether or not feminism, women's issues, race, etc. are categories that draw your interest, the look into the life and mind of an intense artist like Kusama is revealing.
Kusama:Infinity informs and inspires the viewer in this well made documentary about the determination of a visionary whose art spirit, against all odds, has pushed her to prolifically produce magnificent pieces of transcendence. Though her journey was not easy, her vision has kept her focused, and she has become a hero in her own time to female artists who feel the spiritual call to make art.