This lenticular postcard offers a great illusion of
depth. It seems there are 5 or 6 levels
as one looks around.
Yayoi Kusama, born 22 March 1929, is a Japanese contemporary
artist who works primarily in sculpture and installation, but is also active in
painting, performance, film, fashion, poetry, fiction, and other arts. Her work
is based in conceptual art and shows some attributes of feminism, minimalism,
surrealism, Art Brut, pop art, and abstract expressionism, and is infused with
autobiographical, psychological, and sexual content. She has been acknowledged
as one of the most important living artists to come out of Japan.
Raised in Matsumoto, Kusama trained at the Kyoto School of Arts
and Crafts in a traditional Japanese painting style called nihonga. Kusama was
inspired, however, by American Abstract impressionism. She moved to New York
City in 1958 and was a part of the New York avant-garde scene throughout the
1960s, especially in the pop-art movement.
Embracing the rise of the hippie counterculture of the late 1960s, she
came to public attention when she organized a series of happenings in which
naked participants were painted with brightly colored polka dots. Since the 1970s, Kusama has continued to
create art, most notably installations in various museums around the world.