Kusama: Infinity

Kusama: Infinity

Kusama: Infinity

Sundance Grand Jury Prize-nominated documentary on celebrated Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, aka the ‘Princess of Polka Dots’.

"Frustrated by Japan’s conservative culture, Kusama moved to New York in 1958. Once there, she gained notoriety with her avant-garde sculptures, installations and performances – but little success. She was stymied by sexism and racism, and other artists adopted her ideas but failed to acknowledge her contribution. Disheartened, she returned to Tokyo in 1970, and voluntarily retired to a mental institution. Nonetheless, she continued to create, habitually visiting her nearby studio to work. Today, Kusama’s polka dot creations draw huge crowds at exhibitions around the world, from America to Australia." (Sydney Film Festival)

2018Rating: Exempt80 minsUSAEnglish and Japanese with English subtitles
DocumentaryFestival & Independent
Director:
Heather Lenz (feature debut)
Writer:
Heather LenzKeita Ideno
72%
want to see

Reviews & comments

The Times

The Times

press

The installation artist, sculptor and world-famous painter of dots, Yayoi Kusama, is poorly served by this achingly pedestrian biographical film.

2.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

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"Kusama - Infinity," while conventionally structured, provides ample, illuminating access to an artist's way of thinking and working.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

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A respectful and valuable tribute.

3.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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A genuinely felt portrait of the artist as a dedicated survivor, ever in service to her vision of the world and fighting for her place in it.

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

A film about the struggles undertaken by a woman making it in a man's world.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Part talent, part hustle, part pathological insistence on her own way of dealing with the world, it's an optimistic narrative with plenty of colorful guest stars, and should have a slightly broader appeal than the usual art-world portrait.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

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...a great introduction to a world famous artist who is likely still a stranger to some.

0

Typical art documentary with some redeeming aspects

Pretty much your typical doco, but nonetheless a good doco. Stylistically it felt amateur at best, but the substance made for a fulfilling 80 minutes. "Kusama - Infinity" takes a linear, biographical approach to document artist Yayoi Kusama's experiences and makes a somewhat poor attempt at explaining why this may be (and for that I'm kind of glad, the...

3.0
0
The Times

The Times

press

The installation artist, sculptor and world-famous painter of dots, Yayoi Kusama, is poorly served by this achingly pedestrian biographical film.

2.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

"Kusama - Infinity," while conventionally structured, provides ample, illuminating access to an artist's way of thinking and working.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A respectful and valuable tribute.

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A genuinely felt portrait of the artist as a dedicated survivor, ever in service to her vision of the world and fighting for her place in it.

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

A film about the struggles undertaken by a woman making it in a man's world.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Part talent, part hustle, part pathological insistence on her own way of dealing with the world, it's an optimistic narrative with plenty of colorful guest stars, and should have a slightly broader appeal than the usual art-world portrait.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

...a great introduction to a world famous artist who is likely still a stranger to some.

0

Typical art documentary with some redeeming aspects

Pretty much your typical doco, but nonetheless a good doco. Stylistically it felt amateur at best, but the substance made for a fulfilling 80 minutes. "Kusama - Infinity" takes a linear, biographical approach to document artist Yayoi Kusama's experiences and makes a somewhat poor attempt at explaining why this may be (and for that I'm kind of glad, the...

3.0
0