Kusama: The Graphic Novel (Hardcover)
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From rural Japan to international icon - Yayoi Kusama has spent her remarkable life immersed in her art.
Follow her incredible journey in this vivid graphic biography which details her bold departure from Japan as a young artist, her embrace of the buzzing New York art scene in the 1960s, and her eventual return home and rise to twenty-first-century super-fame.
About the Author
Elisa Macellari is a Thai-Italian illustrator. Her clients include The New York Times, Corriere della Sera, Mondadori, Feltrinelli, and Nobrow Press. Her first graphic novel, Papaya Salad (2018), has been published in Italian, French, and Spanish.
"Overall, an excellent and ambitious retelling of this still enigmatic but important imaginative. The story by Elisa Macellari is hopeful and spectacular. The art by Macellari is gorgeous. Altogether a book that just scratches the surface why Kusama is so important aesthetics the world over." Graphic Policy
"Macellari stylishly depicts Kusama's life and various works, including her famed orgies and nude performance art happenings, and she subtly and cleverly evokes the evolution of Kusama's iconic dots throughout. Art lovers who want their biographies with a heavy dose of the visual will appreciate this." Booklist
"The distillation of Kusama's long, full, and atypical life to a trim, fast-flowing graphic novel is admirable. The text draws from multiple sources, listed at the book's end; chief among them is Kusama's autobiography. Kusama: A Graphic Biography is a wonderful introduction to a gifted artist. Even those familiar with her work will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the troubled imagination from which it spawned." Foreword Reviews
"...entertaining, trippy chronicle of the Japanese artist's highs and lows" The Art Newspaper
"..The new KUSAMA: A Graphic Novel is set to be a thing of curiosity among art lovers and the mainstream audience alike." DesignTAXI
"Elisa renders Kusama's fascinating life in a unique graphic style, offering a new way to look at one of the best-known and most intriguing artists of our time." Creative Boom
"For the first time, the remarkable Japanese artist's life is told in comic-book form." artnet
"If you're gifting for someone who loves art, they might enjoy this stunning graphic novel. One of the world's most recognisable artists, known for her plush, stuffed installations covered in polka dots, and her obsessive, repetitive drawings, the legendary Yayoi Kusama is simply made to be a comic hero." Mashable
"Macellari's splendid biography of Yayoi Kusama brings the artist's neurotic obsessions to life...Macellari's comics interpret and mirror Kusama's art in a way that honors it but doesn't imitate it. This satisfying glimpse into Kusama's world reveals a place both tidy and trippy." Publishers Weekly