Yayoi Kusama at The Whitney

Well known for her use of dense patterns of polka dots and nets, as well as her intense, large-scale environments, Yayoi Kusama works in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, film, performance, and immersive installation. Born in Japan in 1929, Kusama came to the United States in 1957 and quickly found herself at the epicenter of the New York avant-garde. After achieving fame through groundbreaking exhibitions and art “happenings,” she returned to her native country in 1973 and is now one of Japan’s most prominent contemporary artists. This retrospective features works spanning Kusama’s career.

While I was in NYC, I didn’t have a lot of time to look at art, but I was lucky enough to see the retrospective of Yayoi Kusama at The Whitney. As an artist, I always appreciate seeing the trajectory of one’s career, the good, the bad and everything in between. Yayoi Kusama is a prolific artist and the amount of work she has done is beyond impressive.

If you are in the NYC area before September 30th, make sure to visit the exhibition.

**All images and italicized text are from whitney.org. All images are credited by their respective photographers on The Whitney’s website.


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