Tag Archives: Yayoi Kusama

Kusama Infinity Mirrors

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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.

IMG_0095.jpgPumpkin // Yayoi Kunama // fiber-reinforced plastic // 2016

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Al Noor Island

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In Sharjah is the Khalid Lagoon where Al Noor Island is located. Al Noor Island, which opened in 2015, is devoted to the arts where artists from around the world can showcase their work. Famed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s Obliteration Room and Dot Obsession Infinity Room are currently on view. However, the building itself is a work of art with its wave-like undulating design and geometric lattice allowing light to stream through. The island is an artistic oasis.

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Photograph by Alexa Corbin

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Torus Sculpture // David Harber // double-sided stainless steel // 240 cm // Photograph by Alexa Corbin

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Photograph by Alexa Corbin

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Dot Obsession // Yoyoi Kusama // 1 October 2016 – 9 January 2017 // Photograph by Alexa Corbin

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The Obliteration Room // Yayoi Kusama // 2002 – Present // furniture, white paint, dot stickers // Photograph by Alexa Corbin

Yayoi Kusama @ Victoria Miro

FullSizeRender-93Chandelier 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!

FullSizeRender-92All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins // Yayoi Kusama // 2016 // Wood, mirror, plastic, acrylic, LED

FullSizeRender-99Narcissus Garden // Yayoi Kusama // 1966- // 873 stainless steel spheres each 30 cm

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Infinity-Nets [KUPP] // Yayoi Kusama // 2016 // acrylic on canvas

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PUMPKIN [XAQ] // Yayoi Kusama // 2016 // acrylic on canvas

Infinity Room

IMG_6656Infinity 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!

High Heels for Going to Heaven

FullSizeRender-4High Heels for Going to Heaven // Yayoi Kusama // 2014 // Fiberglass-reinforced plastic, stainless steel & urethane paint // Photograph by Naomi Hatanaka

Remember to take your shoes off when you pass through security! That is what the TSA agents always remind you at the airport.  At the SFO Airport,  while you remove your shoes you can see on display artist Yayoi Kusama’s High Heels for Going to Heaven.  The larger than life pair of red and white polka dotted heels, a characteristic of Kusama’s style, sprout flowers with little mirrors in the center. Aren’t you glad you don’t have to wear these shoes through the airport?