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Artist Yayoi Kusama is the star of a new graphic novel

The Japanese artist’s life has been rendered in illustrated form

The worlds in which Yayoi Kusama envisions – whether through her ethereal Infinity Rooms, her poignant poetry or her transcendental Infinity Net paintings – are all-encompassing. They are spaces to get lost in, even if you only have 30 seconds to do so. Now, Kusama’s work is being opened up to a new realm of graphic novels.

Kusama: The Graphic Novel is the brainchild of Thai-Italian illustrator Elisa Macellari (published by Laurence King) and is the first graphic novel to pay homage to the Japanese artist.

Dubbed a “graphic biography”, Kusama will trace the artist’s incredible trajectory, from rural Japan to New York, as she rose to become one of the world’s most expensive living female artists.

Kusama is the third in a series of books in Laurence King’s Graphic Lives series, after Basquiat and Pollock Confidential.

Kusama: The Graphic Novel is available on 7 September 2020