Yayoi Kusama In LA
If you missed Yayoi Kusama in Seattle, you have a chance to see two of her Infinity Mirror Rooms at the Broad Museum in Los Angeles. On display are: The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away (2013) and Longing For Eternity (2017)
Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away (2013)
Kusama went from stitching military uniforms during WWII in Matsumoto to meeting Georgia O’Keefe, moving to New York and creating innovative new art forms while protesting the Vietnam War. “I ran all over the battlefield of art in New York that revolved rapidly like a swirl.” Facing health challenges, Kusama moved back to Japan in 1973.
“My art originates from hallucinations only I can see,” Kusama said in an interview with Grady T. Turner. “I translate the hallucinations and obsessional images that plague me into sculptures and paintings. All my works in pastels are the products of obsessional neurosis and are therefore inextricably connected to my disease. I create pieces even when I don’t see hallucinations, though.”
Here is the Tate’s beautiful introduction to Kusama:
Here’s a peek at Infinity Mirrors from NPR:
In the 2018 film, Kusama, we learn about the challenges that the artist has faced in her childhood and in trying to build her career.
Now 90 years old, Kusama has one ever-strong dream: that art can make the world more peaceful.
Written by Elizabeth Newton
Header: Yayoi-Kusama. Love is Calling. David Zwirner.