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Infinity Net: The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama Hardcover – January 30, 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; Tra edition (January 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226464989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226464985
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #942,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“Like her paintings, veiled with a lively yet chilling surface of dots, [Kusama’s] book evokes the intensity and ‘insanity’ of her life only remotely, through vivid, unsentimental descriptions. . . . Focusing on the facts and employing an impersonal tone, she writes as though she were presenting someone else’s biography rather than her own. In this rather paradoxical way, the book brings us subtly closer to Kusama, who remains, in both her private life and her work, extremely self-absorbed and self-expressive yet stubbornly evasive and mysterious.”
(Art in America)

“There is something restorative, refreshingly sincere, even magical about [Kusama’s] work. It speaks for itself, suggesting that it’s not so much whether she’s an outsider or an insider that matters but how her story dispenses with that distinction altogether.”
(Sharon Mizota Los Angeles Review of Books)

“In Infinity Net, esoteric musings are interspersed with art-world gossip, creating an eccentric mix that is part manifesto on artistic form, part juicy tell-all.”


“[Infinity Net] reminds us that Kusama’s abiding, driving energy, which has found compelling expression in her work’s love-sexy titillations, despite—or because of—her magnificent obsessions, is and has been the real, central subject of her art.”

(The Brooklyn Rail)

“A fascinating, self-absorbed recitation that spans 70 years.”

 “Even with its mix of real and created memories, Infinity Net is valuable as it suggests many blind spots in the way official history is constructed, blind spots that can spur art historians to uncover specific historical fragments and destabilize the art-historical status quo. Only within such a context can an artist such as Kusama be fully appraised—and appreciated.”
(Women's Art Journal)

About the Author

Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist who works in many mediums and is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Praemium Imperiale. She is the author of Hustlers Grotto of Christopher Street, among other books. Ralph McCarthy is a literary translator whose work includes Dazai Osamu’s Self Portraits and Blue Bamboo and Ryu Murakami’s Sixty-Nine and Love & Pop.

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One of the most inspiring books i've read. When I finished, I was so full of the courage to be myself.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nelson E Linscott on January 29, 2014
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Though this book is OK, it is really a pat on the back of herself and all her shows, art and antics.
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