Illustrator Ellen Weinstein and MoMA curator Sarah Suzuki have collaborated with famous Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama to create 'Yayoi Kusama: To Infinity and Beyond,' a children's book about the octogenarian's life story. The whimsically illustrated book follows Kusama's journey from childhood to international fame.
Kusama grew up in Matsumoto, Japan, on her family's plant and vegetable nurseries. She was expected to work in a traditional role, but she was always compelled to drawing and painting. She eventually went to art school, but she experienced a similarly stifling attitude from her professors. Indefatigable, she took a chance and moved to New York, where she ultimately gained fame for her polka dot paintings and massive, plush sculptures of chairs, sofas, and boats.
The book teaches kids to persevere and to push the boundaries of society's norms.