Want to see the new Kusama exhibition? Join the queue!

Kusama pumpkinsBack in 2012 the Tate Modern staged a major retrospective of the work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama which featured several of her infinity rooms – spaces which use mirror to give the illusion of vast distances. I remember lingering in them at my leisure, admiring the infinitely receding spots (a Kusama trademark). But that’s all in the past. Nowadays Kusama is hot, and to see her infinity rooms at the Victoria Miro gallery you need to queue. Continue reading

Yayoi Kusama: White Infinity Nets

Yayoi Kusama White Infinity Nets

I’ve blogged about Yayoi Kusama’s remarkable paintings and sculptures several times before so I reckoned I knew what to expect – exuberant colours, psychedelic spots and giant pop-art flower sculptures. But her latest show at the Victoria Miro Gallery is very different – it’s completely monochrome and the focus is not spots but nets. Continue reading

New work by Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama - Thrill of Love 2013 detailYou probably think of Yayoi Kusama as the Japanese artist who paints spots. And you’re right, she does, and very successfully too. In her new exhibition at the Victoria Miro Gallery on the Clerkenwell/Shoreditch border there are plenty of spots, on large colourful canvases and quirky ‘sculptures’. The overall effect is joyous. Continue reading

Yayoi Kusama at Vuitton Bond St

Kusama giant flowerI know I did a post about the Kusama/Vuitton collaboration just recently, but that was about the pop-up shop at Selfridges. What I didn’t realise, until I happened to walk past it, was that the Vuitton Bond St shop has had a Kusama makeover as well. I like it even better than Selfridges; the windows are more Kusama and less Vuitton, if you see what I mean. So I don’t feel at all bad about bringing you another set of pictures. You can’t have too much Kusama – well, I can’t anyway. Continue reading

Wonderful Yayoi Kusama at Selfridges

Yayoi Kusama model

I’ve been to see the Yayoi Kusama/Louis Vuitton pop-up shop in Selfridges and I was just blown away.

Of course I loved Kusama’s work already – the recent retrospective at the Tate Modern showed what an exciting artist she is. Now, with these designs for Louis Vuitton, she shows how versatile she can be, adding rich girl glitz to artistic creativity. Continue reading