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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Yayoi Kusama: I Love ME · New People Artist Series Volume 2 DVD Review

Yayoi Kusama: I Love ME · New People Artist Series Volume 2 DVD Review

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Synopsis: Artist Yayoi Kusama is an avant-garde sculptor, painter, and novelist and her visual style is often characterized by a liberal use of polka dots and nets to achieve a so-called “infinity effect.” The film documents Kusama’s creative process over the course of a year-and-a-half as she completes a series of 50 large monochrome drawings. As her work comes to life, one witnesses the essence of her artistic voice as builds on themes about the conflicts between life, death, and love – sometimes quietly and sometimes not. Her self-confidence and dignified spirit is evident throughout the insightful film. (live action Feature Film)

Review: This DVD is the second volume in a new documentary series called the 'New People Artist Series', put out by Viz.  This volume focuses on eccentric artist Yayoi Kusama.  I hadn't heard of her prior to watching this documentary, but I must say that this woman is fascinating.  Her struggle as an aging person that deals with mental illness is a thing to behold. 

This woman left Japan back in the 1950s when she was in her 20s to become an artist in New York City.  She strugged for years and years without any financial success or notoriety.  Finally, in the last few years she has come into sales in the millions and some well-deserved and long overdue attention.  Her artistic vision has centered around the use of poka dots.  She is avant-garde to say the least.

This is great if you love art..or heck just documentaries.  I didn't think I was going to enjoy this one, but behold...I did.  I definately recommend it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars