Yayoi Kusama is, beyond doubt, one of the most influential artists of our time. Now, thanks to the MoMA, there is a beautifully illustrated children’s book which tells the story of her life—and it really is the only art book you need to read to your kids.
Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity is published by the MoMA and is the first children’s book ever written on the Japanese contemporary artist.
It tells the inspiring tale of the artist as she makes her way from Japan to New York City, breaking boundaries and defying obstacles one iconic polkadot at a time.
Written by Sarah Suzuki, a curator in MoMA’s Department of Drawings and Prints, the book is thoughtfully illustrated by award-winning artist Ellen Weinstein and contains reproductions of seven of Kusama’s works, as well as installation images of her breathtaking infinity mirrored rooms.
Kusama’s story is inspiring and important for our children to read. As an 88-year-old woman who still creates work to this day, she is surely a positive heroine to look up to and someone who proves that it is possible to forge our own unlikely paths in life.
The artist has said: ‘Our earth is only one polka dot among a million stars in the cosmos. Polka dots are a way to infinity.’ This book will help the kiddos reach for infinity too, and the best part? You’ll enjoy being taken along for the ride!