yayoi kusama at whitney museum of american art
jul 12, 2012
yayoi kusama at whitney museum of american art



yayoi kusama
I want to live honestly, like the eye in the picture, 2009
synthetic polymer on canvas
51 5/16 x 63 3/4 in. (130.3 x 162 cm)
collection of the artist © yayoi kusama
image courtesy yayoi kusama studio inc.; ota fine arts, tokyo; victoria miro gallery, london; and gagosian gallery, new york

 

 

 

yayoi kusama
whitney museum of american art, new york
july 12th to september 30th, 2012

 

 

a retrospective exhibition of renowned japanese artist yayoi kusama opens at the whiney museum of american art in new york. known for producing beautifully dense dot patterns, forming large-scale environments which envelop the viewer within, kusama’s most recent two-dimensional works depict a slight change in her’s artistic direction, delicately cluttered and somewhat calmer while still maintaining her signature aesthetic. her first retrospective in new york in 15 years, the self-titled show offers an overview of pieces spanning the 60 years of her practice, featuring more than 300 works displayed over the entirety of the institution’s fourth floor including: two-and three-dimensional works, press clippings, photographs capturing moments from her younger years, as well as selection of exhibition posters. installed within the gallery’s main lobby is kusama’s ‘fireflies on the water’ from 2002, a work which is a part of whitney’s personal collection  which is being shown in conjunction with ‘yayoi kusama’.

 

 


yayoi kusama 
late-night chat is filled with dreams, 2009
synthetic polymer on canvas
63 3/4 x 63 3/4 in. (162 x 162 cm)
collection of the artist © yayoi kusama
image courtesy yayoi kusama studio inc.; ota fine arts, tokyo; victoria miro gallery, london; and gagosian gallery, new york

 

 


yayoi kusama 
an encounter with a flowering season, 2009
synthetic polymer on canvas
51 5/16 x 63 3/4 in. (130.3 x 162 cm)
collection of the artist. © yayoi kusama
image courtesy yayoi kusama studio inc.; ota fine arts, tokyo; victoria miro gallery, london; and gagosian gallery, new york

 

 


yayoi kusama 
all about my love, and I long to eat a dream of the night, 2009
synthetic polymer on canvas
51 5/16 x 63 3/4 in. (130.3 x 162 cm)
collection of the artist © yayoi kusama
image courtesy yayoi kusama studio inc.; ota fine arts, tokyo; victoria miro gallery, london; and gagosian gallery, new york

 

 


yayoi kusama
guidepost to the new space at pier 45, installed at hudson river park, new york, 2012
photo by rich flood courtesy of the whitney museum of american art

 

 

‘yayoi kusama’ coincides with the release of ‘infinitely kusama’, a collection of garments and accessories designed by the artist in collaboration with french fashion house louis vuitton (LV) which designboom previously covered here. LV’s fifth avenue and SOHO stores in new york are both featuring the work of the famed artist concurrently with the whitney exhibition in celebration of the line. later this year global LV stores will feature the same works.

 

 


façade of louis vuitton’s fifth avenue
store in new york, decorated in kusama’s signature dot pattern
image via

 

 


general view of the vitrines
image courtesy of louis vuitton

 

 


a wax figure of yayoi kusama stands in the window of louis vuitton’s fifth avenue store
image courtesy of louis vuitton

 



yayoi kusama dolls fill one of the LV store’s display windows
image courtesy of louis vuitton

 

 


yayoi kusama x louis vuitton
video courtesy of blouinartinfo

 

 


video of yayoi kusama’s collection for louis vuitton
video courtesy of louis vuitton

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