Clocking in at barely over 70 minutes, the documentary Kusama: Infinity provides an appreciative and informative look at Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, but through a dry and often lethargic lens.
Via interviews with art museum directors, professors, contemporaries and Kusama herself, plenty is revealed about her life and the struggles she overcame, yet much of her artistic process and thematic interests remain hidden.
Director Heather Lenz is clearly passionate about her subject and lovingly presents Kusama’s eccentric and eclectic creations, though she does so in ways that resemble a video accompaniment to a magazine profile instead of utilizing the possibilities of a feature-length non-fiction film that will be projected on giant screens.
In turn, Kusama: Infinity is unlikely to excite the masses the way RBG, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and Three Identical Strangers did over the summer, but for art fans and the generally curious, its straightforward approach should suffice.
Grade: B-minus. Not rated, but with adult themes and nudity. Now playing at Grail Moviehouse
(Photo: Magnolia Pictures)