A true luminary within the cultural sphere, Yayoi Kusama is among the most critically acclaimed artists of our time. Her artwork, which can be dated from the early 1950s through today, has arguably transcended some of the most important art movements of the second half of the twentieth century, specifically pop art and minimalism.
This Thursday, November 2, fans will be lining up around the block in New York City as Kusama will be unveiling two new editions of her famous Infinity Rooms at the David Zwirner trio galleries. The first room will be a realm into which viewers will only be able to peer via peephole, and is decorated with a mind-bending arrangement of lights that are caught in a dance of infinitesimal reflection (pictured below). The second room, however, is said to involve stainless steel orbs and will feature a more traditional ‘Kusama’ experience in which viewers will be invited to step inside and experience the realm from within. The exhibit will also house some of Kusama’s Infinity Nets paintings, which are famous for her signature use of thick paint layers applied with rounded brushes. The exhibit will be open through December 9.
In addition to her unveil in NYC, Kusama currently has multiple ongoing exhibitions across the globe, perhaps the most widely spoken of in the West being her five-city tour for Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors. Currently on display in Los Angeles, Infinity Mirrors offers viewers an unprecedented opportunity to step inside of six of Kusama’s world-renowned and vastly unique Infinity Rooms including Phalli’s Field, Kusama’s first Infinity Room (1965). Additionally, the infinite realms are being presented alongside a number of Kusama’s iconic installations, sculptures, and large scale paintings, many of which have never been exhibited in the US until now.
Infinity Mirrors is Kusama’s way of celebrating her remarkable sixty-five-year career, and is certain to be one of this year’s most essential art experiences. From her radical exhibitions and provocative performances in the 1960s, when she would stage underground polka dot “Happenings” within New York’s underground art scene, to her 2016 Infinity Mirror Room, All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, the tour showcases the full range of Kusama’s talent
Infinity Mirrors has already made its way through the cities of Washington DC and Seattle, and has recently opened up shop at The Broad in Los Angeles where it will remain until January 10, 2018. From there it will be heading to the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto for exhibition between March 3 – May 27, 2018, then onto its last stop at the Cleveland Museum of Art July where it will remain extant from July 9 – September 30, 2018. If at all possible, don’t miss this unforgettable sensory journey through the mind and legacy of one of the world’s most illustrious artists.
Below is a video along with a handful of still captures from the Infinity Mirrors tour, currently based in Los Angeles. For more information regarding Thursday’s unveiling in NYC or the Infinity Mirrors US tour, visit:
“My art will continue to fight. I am focused on creation with all my energy… I have no regrets to have spent my life making art.”