VIZ Pictures Releases Artist Documentary on DVD
By The Editor
October 4, 2009 - 08:36
VIZ PICTURES TO RELEASE A NEW DOCUMENTARY ON ACCLAIMED MODERN ARTIST YAYOI KUSAMA
YAYOI KUSAMA: I LOVE ME Is The Latest DVD Release In The NEW PEOPLE ARTIST SERIES And Spotlights The Unique Style And Creative Process Of This World Class Artist
VIZ Pictures, an affiliate of VIZ Media, LLC that focuses on Japanese live-action film distribution, will release the second volume of its newly-launched NEW PEOPLE ARTIST SERIES – Yayoi Kusama: I Love ME – on DVD on October 27th. The documentary, which was directed by Takako Matsumoto, will carry an MSRP of $24.92 U.S. / $35.99 CAN and will be distributed exclusively by VIZ Media.
Artist Yayoi Kusama is an avant-garde sculptor, painter, and novelist and her visual style is often characterized by a liberal use of polka dots and nets to achieve a so-called “infinity effect.” The film documents Kusama’s creative process over the course of a year-and-a-half as she completes a series of 50 large monochrome drawings. As her work comes to life, one witnesses the essence of her artistic voice as builds on themes about the conflicts between life, death, and love – sometimes quietly and sometimes not. Her self-confidence and dignified spirit is evident throughout the insightful film.
Yayoi Kusama has been widely acclaimed by the international art world for more than 50 years. In 2006, she received the Japanese National Lifetime Achievement Award, one of Japan’s most prestigious prizes for internationally recognized artists. In November 2008, her No.2 (created in 1959) was auctioned by Christie’s New York for over $5.7 million, the second highest price ever paid for a work by a living female artist. Her work has been exhibited with the likes of Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns and also shown at preeminent venues like the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.
“Yayoi Kusama: I Love ME is the newest release in our ongoing NEW PEOPLE Artist Series which highlights notable modern Japanese pop artists who possess unique views and creative inspirations,” says Seiji Horibuchi, President and CEO of VIZ Pictures and the founder of NEW PEOPLE. “Yayoi Kusama is a truly gifted world class artist who blends elements of minimalism, surrealism, pop art and abstract expressionism. To celebrate this release, VIZ Pictures will have a special event at their brand-new VIZ Cinema in San Francisco on October 27th. Tickets ($25) include a pass to the screening, a brand-new DVD ($25 value), a postcard and NEW PEOPLE original buttons.
And, for movie schedule at VIZ Cinema, please visit www.vizcinema.com
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