“If it were not for art, I would have killed myself a long time ago.”
Pragmatic words from the art world’s most prolific darling. Establishing herself as the world’s most popular artist in 2014 (based on museum attendance), Yayoi Kusama has been creating art for over three quarters of a century. Diagnosed with a form of dissociative disorder at an early age, the eccentric Kusama has been using art not only as an escape from her illness, but also as a therapy. In 1977, Kusama voluntarily moved into a mental hospital, yet leaves every day to paint in her nearby studio.
Once a member of the avant-garde elite, Kusama counted Eve Hesse and Georgia O’Keefe as friends and exhibited her works alongside contemporary peers of Warhol and Oldenburg. There isn’t much the multi-disciplinary artist can’t do. From painting, to film, to sculpture, to writing, Kusama channels her anxiety inducing mental illness and obsessive-compulsive disorder into phenomenal phallic shapes and repetitive geometric designs, often benign on their own, but when fashioned together, create evocative installations.
Since 1963, Kusama has been creating her incredible Mirror/Infinity rooms; a transcendental multi-media illusion of mirrors and lights, cleverly propelling the visitor into the abyss of insignificance.
If you’ve never had the opportunity to experience her art up-close and personal, now is your chance.
The Broad Museum in Los Angeles is featuring a special exhibition entitled Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors from October 21, 2017 through January 1, 2018. If the prior sell-out crowds at Washington DC’s Hirshhorn Museum are any indication of Kusama’s popularity, then I believe there will be a feeding frenzy when the tickets go on sale. Tickets are $25.00 and unlike other Broad tickets that are released monthly, all dates for this exhibition go on sale September 1, 2017 at noon PT. https://thebroad.org/art/special-exhibitions/yayoi-kusama-infinity-mirrors.
Do yourself a favor. Make plans to see this exhibit. You won’t regret it.
Who knows, maybe we’ll run into each other.