Known for her obsession with polka dots and her infinity rooms, Yayoi Kusama has become one of the most influential and prominent artists in today’s art world. Currently there is a retrospective of her work in the Hirshhorn Museum, which includes works such as Infinity Mirror Room – Phalli’s Field and her iconic pumpkin pieces such as the sculpture Pumpkin. Not going to be in DC? Don’t worry. The show will be traveling to five other museums in the US and Canada: The Seattle Art Museum, The Broad, Art Gallery of Ontario, Cleveland Museum of Art and the High Museum of Art.
Pumpkin // Yayoi Kunama // fiber-reinforced plastic // 2016
Chandelier of Grief // Yayoi Kusama // 2016 // steel, aluminum, one-way mirror, acrylic, chandelier motor, plastic, LED
Mirrors, polka dots and glowing pumpkins. Sounds like a Yayoi Kusama exhibition. Well it is. At multiple locations. Currently on view in the three Victoria Miro Galleries in London are works by Kusama. In the Wharf Road galleries you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in three of her infinity rooms as well as see a display of her infinity net paintings. So go and Insta Kusama!
All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins // Yayoi Kusama // 2016 // Wood, mirror, plastic, acrylic, LED
Narcissus Garden // Yayoi Kusama // 1966- // 873 stainless steel spheres each 30 cm
Infinity-Nets [KUPP] // Yayoi Kusama // 2016 // acrylic on canvas
PUMPKIN [XAQ] // Yayoi Kusama // 2016 // acrylic on canvas
Infinity Mirrored Room — The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away // Yayoi Kusama // 2013 // Wood, metal, glass mirrors, plastic, acrylic panel, rubber, LED lighting system, acrylic balls & water
To infinity and beyond! Well not actually. But in the Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room — The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away at The Broad Museum in Los Angeles, you are allowed the opportunity to feel as though you are in a room that continues for infinity. In a small room, water covers the floor leaving only a small exposed platform for you to stand. The walls are covered in mirrors with LED lights hanging from the ceiling. After the door closes, you are left alone for 45 seconds. The brightness of the lights slowly change and your reflection seems to continue forever. To capture the moment you can even take a selfie like the one I did!