Film on Yayoi Kusama of ‘Infinity Mirrors’ opens in Atlanta

Yayoi Kusama, the 89-year-old creator of the remarkable “Infinity Mirrors” exhibit, is perhaps the most successful living female artist.

Her works sell for millions of dollars. Viewers line up by the thousands to see the traveling exhibit of her eye-boggling installations, which arrive at the High Museum of Art Nov. 18.

Now a new documentary film, co-produced by Atlantan Karen Johnson,  attempts to explain the wild enthusiasm for Kusama’s mirrored rooms. (The High sold 28,000 tickets to the Kusama exhibit the first day they were available.)

Photo: the replicating environments in the ‘‘Infinity Mirrors” exhibit can boggle the eye. CONTRIBUTED: CATHY CARVER/SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION 

The movie, “Kusama - Infinity,”  follows Kusama from her youth in World War II-era Japan to her success among the avant-garde artists of New York city in the 1960s.

It also delves into her hardships along the way, including racism, sexism and mental illness.

Yayoi Kusama with her “Dot Car” in 1965. CONTRIBUTED: MAGNOLIA PICTURES
Photo: Magnolia Pictures

She returned to Japan in 1973. Since the  mid-1970s she has lived in a psychiatric hospital by choice.

“Kusama - Infinity,” chronicling the life of this remarkable artist, will open at the Regal Tara Cinemas 4 in Atlanta Sept. 21. The theater is at 2345 Cheshire Bridge Road NE, Atlanta.

The movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and was acquired by Magnolia Pictures.

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