Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Yayoi Kusama at The Whitney Museum

Polka Dots and More
by Elissa Watters, guest blogger

Lingering Dream, 1949, pigment on paper
The Whitney Museum in New York currently has a wonderful exhibition (ending Sept. 30) on contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.  Tracing Kusama’s career chronologically, the exhibition contains a variety of themes and styles—it is not all polka dots!  Yet all the pieces are infused with a Kusama’s trademark dreaminess which stems from her lifelong hallucinations.  Kusama’s works come alive under the viewer’s gaze.  The ebb and flow of erratic lines, shapes and colors pervade each canvas, creating a movement that engages the viewer, inviting him/her into dialogue.

The exhibition includes not only Kusama’s paintings, sculptures, photographs and multimedia projects, but also dedicates a few rooms to her personal life, displaying photographs of Kusama and letters from Georgia O’Keeffe, for example.  Remnants of the exotic happenings that took place during the middle of Kusama’s career, such as advertisements for her Body Festivals and other projects from the 60s and 70s, are also on display.

Fireflies on the Water, 2002, mirror, plexiglass, lights & water
The Whitney is also showing Kusama’s installation Fireflies on the Water (at The Whitney until Oct. 28), but note that timed tickets are required and can only be reserved at the admission desk on the day of the show.

The exhibition is dynamic and engaging—a must-see for anyone interested in contemporary art.

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