Yayoi Kusama’s talent has taken her from rural Japan to New York’s art scene to contemporary Tokyo. She is well known as an avant-garde painter, sculptor and novelist — and for her repeating dot patterns.
Her works exhibited alongside the likes of Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg and George Segal during the early 1960s, where she was often associated with the pop art movement.
Teaming up with Penguin Classics, she gives Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” a new breath of life. She immerses readers in her obsessive vision of endless dots and colorful images.
Since childhood, Kusama has been afflicted with a condition that makes her see spots, which means she sees the world in a surreal, almost hallucinogenic way that sits very well with the Wonderland of Alice. She is fascinated by childhood and the way adults have the ability, at their most creative, to see things the way children do, a central concern of the Alice books, by Lewis Carroll.
The classic book is colour illustrated with a clothbound jacket, and produced to very high specification. Kusama’s images are interspersed throughout the text. It is produced in collaboration with the Kusama Studio, Tokyo and Gagosian Gallery.