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

Bronze pumpkins in a garden – must be Kusama!

Kusama pumpkinsYayoi Kusama is best know for her spots. Her collaboration with Louis Vuitton a couple of years ago was all about spots. But they’re not the only major theme in her work – another one is pumpkins, three of which have now arrived for a stay at Victoria Miro in Shoreditch. They’re rather different from the characteristic child’s-drawing bright colours of her other work. They’re dark and handsome and bronze. 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