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Yayoi Kusama @ New York Botanical Garden

‘I have had so many hardships, with people saying various things about me.’ So said world-renowned artist Yayoi Kusama in a 1965 interview with Japanese poet Akira Tatehata. ‘Time is finally turning a kind eye on me. But it barely matters, for I am dashing into the future.’

In 2021, Kusama’s artistic impact continues to expand. Now, until Halloween 2021, her work will be celebrated in the 250 acre New York Botanical Garden. ‘Kusama reveals her lifelong fascination with the natural world, beginning with her childhood spent in the greenhouses and fields of her family’s seed nursery. Her artistic concepts of obliteration, infinity, and eternity are inspired by her intimate engagement with the colors, patterns, and life cycles of plants and flowers.’

In Ascension of Polka Dots on the Trees, you’ll see Kusama’s signature polka dots in red and white. You’ll see huge new sculptures like Dancing Pumpkin, and I Want To Fly To The Universe, both created in 2020. Come summer, one of Kusama’s famous infinity rooms will be installed inside, following New York safety and social distancing guidelines.  This 2020 infinity room is entitled Infinity Mirrored Room—Illusion Inside the Heart.

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An aerial view of the Conservatory’s dome. Robert Benson Photography.

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Dancing Pumpkin. 2020.  Collection of the Artist. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts and David Zwirner.
Photo by Robert Benson Photography.

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Ascension of the Polka Dots on the Trees. 2002/2021. Photo by Robert Benson Photography

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I Want to Fly To The Universe. 2020. Collection of the Artist. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts and David Zwirner.
Photo by Robert Benson Photography.

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Kusama in Flower Obsession Photo by Yuzuke Miyazake © YAYOI KUSAMA 2021

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Header:
Yayoi Kusama. Photo: Noriko Takasugi. © the artist. Courtesy Ota Fine Arts, David Zwirner and Victoria Miro

 

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