Yayoi Kusama

Speaking of the Seattle Art Museum, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors – the show that is creating such a stir after opening in DC – will be in Seattle from June 30th to September 10th, Vancouver’s closest opportunity.

With five immersive infinity mirror rooms and more than sixty paintings, sculptures and works on paper, this is a rich retrospective of the renowned Japanese artist’s 65 year career.

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:

And a peek at Infinity Mirrors from NPR:

The shows are selling out quickly. Tickets are available to SAM members now – free with membership – and to the general public on May 30th. “I live a peaceful life creating artwork,” says Kusama.

Kusama @ SAM

If you’d rather avoid the crowds, a hardcover book around the exhibit is also available.



Written by Elizabeth Newton




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