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Yayoi Kusama: A Letter to Georgia O’Keeffe

Jean & Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Series

On view February 11 – June 30, 2024

Downtown Sarasota campus

Tropical Conservatory, Gardens, The Museum of Botany & the Arts


In the mid-1950s, Yayoi Kusama was a young artist living in Japan, where her future was very uncertain. Seeking advice from a more established female artist, Kusama wrote to Georgia O’Keeffe, whose work she greatly admired but whom she had never met. To Kusama’s surprise, O’Keeffe responded, thus establishing a correspondence that gave the young Japanese artist the courage to move to America and pursue her career in New York City, which was then the center of the art world. Kusama’s decision, with O’Keeffe’s encouragement, forever changed the course of modern art history. This show will also explore the ways in which the work of both artists is rooted in nature.

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