New Documentary: Kusama – Infinity
February 2018

Recently celebrating its world premiere in the US Documentary Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Kusama – Infinity is a feature-length documentary about Yayoi Kusama by Heather Lenz.

The film explores the full span of Kusama’s career, from her early life in Japan to the fifteen years the artist spent in New York, starting in 1958, to her return to her native country and the later international recognition of her work.

The Los Angeles Times reports "Kusama – Infinity tells the story of contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, who moved to New York City and created 'avant-garde innovations' inspired by the 1960s American political and social revolution. Writer and director Heather Lenz shows how Kusama faced racism and sexism to become a world-renowned artist." Writing in Hyperallergic, Stephen Zacks notes, "the film heightens the emotional resonance of this story with glimpses into her everyday life in Tokyo, where devoted assistants aid the 88-year-old artist in creating works composed of infinite matrixes of dots that are perfectly suited to the social media age."

Image: Yayoi Kusama in the Orez Gallery in the Hague, Netherlands (1965) in Kusama - Infinity, directed by Heather Lenz. Photo by Harrie Verstappen. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.