Item #5315 Violet Obsession. Yayoi Kusama, Alexandra Munroe, Hisako Ifshin, Ralph F. McCarthy, Leza Lowitz.
Violet Obsession
Violet Obsession
Violet Obsession
Violet Obsession

Violet Obsession. Poems

Berkeley: Wandering Mind Books, 1998. 1st Edition. Oblong octavo, publisher's illustrated stiff paper wraps lettered in white.

"When a sorrow I want to bury in the dark marsh / spreads throughout my heart / I crouch discreetly in the corner of a park / and wait and wait / for time to pass" (from "Standing at Sorrow’s Summit"). Signed first edition of Japanese multimedia artist Yayoi Kusama's illustrated collection of verse, published in conjunction with an exhibition of her work held at LACMA, MoMA, and the Walker Center. After gaining a reputation as a Pop minimalist in 1960s New York for her Infinity Net paintings and Accumulation sculptures and collages, Kusama returned to her native Japan, prompted by a series of mental breakdowns and suicide attempts. The mid-80s marked her return to the global art scene, where she further extended her conceptual experimentation to political happenings and performance, film and fashion design, and large-scale installations and environments. Chronicling the experiences of a young girl who is abused by her mother and discovers she can communicate with flowers as agents of the universe, the 24 quasi-autobiographical poems gathered here were produced during her first stay in a Tokyo psychiatric institute and in the period after, once she returned to the artworld limelight. The book’s design mirrors her 1994 sculpture of the same name, an electric purple rowboat covered in irregular oblong forms. Illustrated with 22 black-and-white photos of Kusama and her work; translated into English from the original Japanese by Hisako Ifshin, Ralph F. McCarthy and Leza Lowitz, and edited by Alexandra Munroe. Signed and dated with the year of publication to the half-title. Spine-ends and corners gently banged, else fine. Item #5315

$700.00