Yayoi Kusama is arguably the most influential artist to emerge from Japan in the period following World War II. Arriving in New York City in 1958, she exhibited with Andy Warhol, Donald Judd, Claes Oldenburg, among others, during their formative years. Beginning in 1960, she also exhibited with Zero group in Europe. This seminar will comparatively examine postwar developments in Japan, The U.S., and Europe, until about 1969, and investigate how Kusama s race, gender, and the particular time period have distinctively shaped her work. By focusing on a transnational Japanese woman artist, it will explore new ways of looking at postwar art history through the periphery and with a focus on globalization.
Section 401 - SEM