As a child, Yayoi Kusama dreamed of a world covered in polka dots. Since venturing onto the art scene in the late 1950s, she has built that world around herself and her eccentric personality, in a creative career that spans performance art, sculpture, installation, collage, film and painting.
Born in Japan, she studied painting in Kyoto, before moving to New York in the late 1950s, and soon became well-known in the avant-garde world for her provocative happenings and exhibitions.
Kusama’s latest exhibition is at Victoria Miro, showcasing her most recent sculptures, paintings and installations, as shown above. The collection reflects Kusama’s obsessive repetition of pattern and polka dots, responding to hallucinations first experienced in childhood.
The exhibition features new paintings, including her important and ongoing ‘My Eternal Soul’ series, and her iconic pumpkin sculptures, as shown to the left. The pumpkin is a motif that she has returned to throughout her career, presented in a new form of polished bronze sculptures.
Here at Bex Rox we love the way that Yayoi Kusama and her work stands out on the art scene. Her expressive use of colour and polka dots spikes our imagination and sends us to a dreamworld of vivid and abstract art.
To reflect both her artwork and eccentric personality, the colourful pieces shown to the right would be perfect. The combination of colour and shapes make these pieces artistic must-haves.
In spite of her complex personality, which has seen her in and out of mental hospitals all her life, Kusama has continued to make artwork tirelessly for six decades, thrilling viewers with the terrifying wonderland she calls “Kusama World”.
See Yayoi Kusama’s latest exhibition at the Victoria Miro Mayfair http://www.victoria-miro.com/exhibitions/491/
Photos from http://www.yayoi-kusama.jp