In her native Japan, artist Yayoi Kusama (born 1929) studied a traditional, formal style of painting that deflected the influence of Western art. After moving to New York City in the late 1950s, she embraced experimentalism and the varied cultural currents of the postwar international art scene. Kusama became a fixture of the New York avant-garde, exhibiting alongside Andy Warhol and other influential artists of the 1960s. Her evolving style incorporated Surrealism, Minimalism, and Pop Art. In 1973, Kusama moved back to Tokyo and gained prominence in the Japanese art world. She reemerged with increased stature in the United States in the late 1990s.

The Age of Kusama: Pop Art and Minimalism showcases works on paper created during the 1960s and 1970s, highlighting examples of the period. Among the American, European, and Japanese artists featured are Christo, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, Frank Stella, and Tadanori Yokoo.

Presented in conjunction with “Kusama: At the End of the Universe,” on view June 12–September 18, 2016.



This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.