Yayoi Kusama - The Greatest Selling Female Artist Of All Time
Yoyoi Kusama might not be a familiar name, but she’s an Icon in the art world.
And not just an Icon, but one of epic proportions. She is the greatest selling female artist of all time.
And it’s not just her art that makes her a genius in every literal sense of the word, but her remarkable tale of hardship, mental illness, discrimination and triumph.
And that triumph was hard fought. It was a lifelong journey. It did not come easy, but by way of
It came at the end. It came to her late in life. So this is a story of courage and tenacity, determination and dedication along with a story of a great artist.
Let this serve as a reminder or a pep talk to those who’ve been at it for a while. If you’re chasing a dream the chase never ends until you’re there at the gateway or fruition.
The chase doesn’t stop at forty or fifty or sixty. Yoyoi was in her seventies when she was finally was recognized and honored. And she certainly came full circle even being honored in her native Japan.
Today she is revered as one of the greatest artists of all time the world over.
She had been outcast not only by her family, but her entire country as a disgrace. And even that did not stop her.
Irrespective of being alone in this world fighting her own demons in hear head, battling loneliness that exasperated her mental illness she continued. She kept her passion for the canvas alive. She was a creative genius.
And it’s no irony that some of greatest creative genius’ border on insanity or some sort of mental fragility.
And Kusama was no exception to this. She was an imaginative genius. She was a rule breaker and law breaker in the world of art. She came up with ideas that were so outside the norm they in her early days were not revered as art at all.
She fought for the right to be recognized and have her work displayed in some of the greatest galleries around the world alongside white male artists with half her talent.
Andy Warhol even copied her mirrored exhibit literally a few months later at a gallery few blocks over. He mimicked it to a tee. And he wasn’t the only copycat. Check out Artspace Magazine - Pop Art Ripoffs: The 3 Yayoi Kusama Artworks That Warhol, Oldenburg, and Samaras Copied in the '60s.
And this is when Yayoi gained some sense of the genius that dwell inside her. It was a boost of sorts to have the white male counterpart who’s art was already revered copying your idea. A great compliment of sorts.
And for more on Yoyoi check out this article in CNN - Yoyoi Kusama at 90: How the ‘undiscovered genius became an international sensation.