Reading list accompanying the exhibition

Yayoi Kusama: A Retrospective

The right books to go with the exhibition Yayoi Kusama: A Retrospective: Ephra has put together a family reading list that grants fascinating insights into the life and work of Yayoi Kusama.

Photo: Luis Kürschner

Yayoi Kusama Covered Everything in Dots and Wasn’t Sorry

by Fausto Gilberti, (London: Phaidon Press, 2020)

The perfect book for introducing young children to Yayoi Kusama. The short sentences and minimalist illustrations tell a clear story: What matters to the artist is sticking to her own unwavering path and overcoming all obstacles. That is Ephra’s message, too: Believe in your dreams, dare to make them come true and do not apologise for who you are.

Available in English and Italian.

Photo: Luis Kürschner

Infinity Net: The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama

(London: Tate Publishing, 2011)

Why did Yayoi Kusama become an artist? For what reason has she remained true to art all her life? What healing power does she find in art? All these questions are answered in her autobiography, which was first published in 2002 in Japanese. Readers will be unable to resist the anachronistic, poetic narrative, the lively anecdotes, the see-saw between light and heavy moods, combined with abundant visual material. For us at Ephra, this work provided a key to the artist’s personality. For anyone curious about Yayoi Kusama as a person, this book is a must.

Available in German, English and Japanese.

Photo: Luis Kürschner

We are Artists: Women Who Made Their Mark on the World

by Kari Herbert, (London: Thames & Hudson, 2019)

Alongside Yayoi Kusama, this book presents another 14 magnificent artists, and they could hardly be more different. Supported by beautiful illustrations, author Kari Herbert displays an artistic diversity that women have been generating for many decades. Nothing and nobody could stop them pursuing their art, although almost all of them were confronted by prejudice. This volume gives women artists the attention and recognition they deserve.

Available in English and German.

Photo: Luis Kürschner