You Should Meet Yayoi Kusama

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In You Should Meet Yayoi Kusama, kids are introduced to Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, known for her extensive use of polka dots and for her infinity installations. When Yayoi Kusama was a little girl, she told her parents she wanted to be an artist. Her parents forbade her and tore up her drawings, but that didn't stop her. When she couldn't afford art supplies, she used old paper sacks and mud to create her art. Eventually she convinced her parents to let her go to art school and study painting. In 2006, she became the first Japanese woman to receive the Praemium Imperiale. It is one of the highest honors given by the Japanese imperial family. Ten years later, she received the Order of Culture, another prestigious award given to people who make important contributions to Japanese culture. Today, she is one of the most famous artists in the world.

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The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden's holdings encompass one of the most important collections of postwar American and European art in the world, and has been a leading voice for groundbreaking artists since 1974.


  • 48 pages
  • Color illustrations throughout
  • Hardcover
  • Intended for ages 6 to 8
  • 9" x 6"
  • Written by May Nakamura
  • Illustrated by Alexandra Badiu