Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is a living legend. Born in 1923, she spent much of the 60s and 70s in New York’s avant garde art scene whipping up a multi-media storm of iconic sculptures, open air installations, anti-war protests and controversy. Since 1977 she has been a voluntary resident at a psychiatric facility in Japan, but she has never stopped creating art. This spring England’s leading institute for modern art, the Tate Modern, is holding a retrospective of her work.
Now, aged 83, she has turned her considerable talents to illustrating Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The cloth-bound volume was published by Penguin Classics last month and is available from Amazon. The promotional video below gives a tantalizing tour of her marvelous illustrations. The title of this blog post is taken from the first page of the book.