Yayoi Kusama

Victoria Miro Gallery, London until 30 July 2016
June 20, 2016
Yayoi Kusama

Some dots have gone astray when approaching the Victoria Miro Gallery on Wharf Road, as a woman passes by covered in red polka dots. It is a premonition of things to come… The signature style of Yayoi Kusama (born 1929 and calling herself the “Priestess of Polka Dots") includes dots as well as mirrors and pumpkins. As Kusama states: "Since my childhood, I have always made works with polka dots. Earth, moon, sun and human beings all represent dots - a single particle among billions. This is one of my important philosophies, which is accepted by many people." The world around Kusama is recoded in a repetitious and seemingly obsessive manner as she explores themes of infinity, universality and the cosmos in her over sixty-year body of work. Now one of the most widely known Japanese artists in the world, Kusama has long been on the margins of the international art scene. Gaining recognition in New York in the 1970's through the happenings she organized, it wasn't until much later that her work could be seen in museums and institutions around the world. She long stood on her own, braving the art world as a single Japanese woman who committed herself to a mental institution in Tokyo over 40 years ago. The exhibition at Victoria Miro features recent works, such as Where the Lights in My Heart Go, a mirror box permeated with round holes through which daylight gleams and of which the reflections are endlessly multiplied. Other works that are presented include her Infinity Net paintings, a project that she started in the 1950's. as well as other installations featuring her oft-repeated motif of pumpkins covered in polka dots and another mirrored room installation featuring several crystal chandeliers. (Written by MJP intern Anna Bisperink and edited by Marcelle Joseph) Definitely a show not to miss this summer...

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