Japanese artist wins new audiences

Yayoi Kusama, who sees her art as a therapeutic necessity for a mental disability, visits London for exhibition.

    Yayoi Kusama is one of Japan's best-known artists and is described many as hard working and innovative.

    A significant figure in America's avant-garde art movement in the 1960s, she has spent the last 35 years in a psychiatric hospital in Japan, where she has continued to work.

    Kusama describes her art as a therapeutic necessity, something she has to pursue to correct a mental disability she says began in her childhood.

    Now 82, Kusama came to London for the opening of a major new exhibition for her work.

    Al Jazeera's Jessica Baldwin reports from London's Tate Modern Gallery.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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