Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist working primarily in a minimalist manner using pattern, repetition and color to create rhythmic paintings, sculptures and installations. She came to the United States in 1957 and quickly found herself at the epicenter of the New York avant-garde finding success with her staged happenings, her net paintings and large-scale immersive installations. While she returned to Japan in 1973, her work gained widespread recognition in the 1980s. Today she is best known for the Infinity Rooms and large colorful paintings.
Louis Nevelson was a pioneering modernist sculptor known for her iconic monumental assemblages created from found wooden objects and united through monochromatic color- typically black or white. As part of her massive, commanding works of art, the scrap wood takes on majestic proportions, reflecting the artist’s personal story of dislocation and self-invention. Nevelson’s sculptures are about myth and mystery, and although she took motifs from the world around her, she stated that she identified with ideas “more than with nature.”