Art Post No.9/Yayoi Kusama

While I am playing catch up, from my trip to Portland, Emily is filling in with a new art post…a personal favorite of mine!

Louis Vuitton’s New York Store

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Yayoi Kusama’s dots have taken over New York City. Her eponymous exhibition just opened at the Whitney Museum of American Art, coinciding with her temporary installation at the Hudson River Park– not to mention the unveiling of her collaboration with Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton. Kusama’s signature repetitive dots and abstract, amorphous forms, have evolved in intensity and scale over the past several decades. To many, the amount of repetition in Kusama’s work seems literally, crazy. The artist is famous for noting that art literally keeps her alive and going. It was after living for nearly 20 years in New York, that Kusama returned to Japan in the 1970’s– at which point she voluntarily became a permanent resident of Japan’s Seiwa Hospital for the Mentally Ill. Though Kusama travels for installations and exhibitions, when in Japan, she commutes daily from the hospital to her nearby studio to make her mesmerizing works.  Click below to view more of her work…

Yayoi Kusama in the Yellow Tree furniture room

A detail from Kusama’s current Hudson River Park installation

A detail from The Obliteration Room

The Moment of Regeneration, 2004

Pumpkin BAGN8, 2011

Click here to learn more about her/her work