Noon — A biannual magazine which explores art and commerce in contemporary culture

Noon is a biannual magazine which explores art and commerce in contemporary culture

Paul Pieroni

Slight Return

SLIGHT RETURN

Despite suffering from a psychosis so intense she has spent the last 38 years living in a Tokyo psychiatric unit, Yayoi Kusama remains one of the best known and most visible contemporary artists today.

Obsessively serial and fundamentally psychedelic, Kusama’s work across multiple mediums is undeniably an extension of her unique state of mind. A profound immanence marks her work; between her personal experience and its projection as form there exists little in the way of a barrier or border.

These days as much a brand as an artist, where her criticality lies in relation to her market is sometimes not easy to establish. What is clear is that her career represents a seven decade long derangement of the senses, both her own and those of her audiences.