Let Yayoi Kusama Tell You a Bedtime Story

Yayoi Kusama. Photo by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Images
Photo by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Images

Children’s Book Features Famed Dots & Pumpkins Artist

Yayoi Kusama is the beloved Japanese contemporary artist who turns humble dots and pumpkins into icons. She is also the subject of a soon-to-be-published children’s book. Kusama’s life and story (given a G-rated treatment) inspired Museum of Modern Art curator and author Sarah Suzuki to write Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity! with illustrations by Ellen Weinstein.

The children's storybook about the life and times of Yayoi Kusama.

Her Life & Times

The 40-page children’s art history book tells the tale of Kusama from her kidhood in Japan to her travels all over the world. The book’s cover describes Kusama as having “a vision in which the world and everything in it—the plants, the people, the sky—were covered in polka dots.

“She began to cover her paintings, drawings, sculptures, and even her body with dots. As she grew up, she traveled all around the world, from Tokyo to Seattle, New York to Venice, and brought her dots with her. Different people saw these dots in different ways—some thought they were tiny, like cells, and others imagined them enormous, like planets.

“Every year, Kusama sees more of the world, covering it with dots and offering people a way to experience it the way she does.”

All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins by Yayoi Kusama (Xinhua/Jin Yu via Getty Images)
All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins by Yayoi Kusama (Xinhua/Jin Yu via Getty Images)

The MOMA Knows

The MOMA, recognizing that the legend of Kusama is appealing to art lovers of all ages, is publishing the book. It joins the rest of the museum’s series of kids books on big name painters and makers, from the story of Keith Haring to Edward Hopper and Henri Matisse. Kusama’s story goes on sale October 10, 2017 and you can pre-order it through Amazon now.

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  Courtney is the editor of Artist Daily. For her, art is one of life’s essentials and a career mainstay. She’s pursued academic studies of the Old Masters of Spain and Italy as well as museum curatorial experience, writing and reporting on arts and culture as a magazine staffer, and acquiring and editing architecture and cultural history books. She hopes to recommit herself to more studio time, too, working in mixed media.