One of the most popular artists from Japan is Yayoi Kusama. I first saw her work as a student in NYC and although I wasn’t a huge fan at first, I totally respected her work and what she was doing. She is one of the most identifiable artists that Japan has produced and her story is really of cinematic proportions.
Born from an affluent family, she nurtured her art and her neurosis and in many ways has become a true winner. To this very day, she still paints and created and although she lives in a mental facility this environment is very much suited for her life. She had visions of dots early in her teens and has since made this her trademark motif in most of her works. While visiting Tokyo I heard that she was having a retrospective at the National Art Centre of Tokyo click her for more details http://www.nact.jp/english/exhibitions/2016/kusama... The exhibitions are only until May 22.
I made plans to see the show with my good friend Patrice Ramos Diaz as she was also in Tokyo at the same time. The exhibition is really quite excellent and you get a deeper understanding of her work and her life. If you do go I suggest you go buy your tickets on line and come early as the line can be really long. Another tip is to go buy your souvenirs first and the line to the counter is equally as long as to enter the exhibition. YES! She is a rockstar and I promise you that these tip will help make your experience a better one.
I began my Yayoi experience with an interactive piece where in you are given dot stickers and are encouraged to “decorate” her apartment. I found this very cool and really trip. From there you enter a cavernous hall that could possibly be as larger or larger than a foot ball field. There more than a hundred Kusama’s line up the wall from floor to ceiling. At the center of it were gigantic floral sculptures that really take your breath away. You could feel the electricity in the room and I was really entranced by all the patterns, colors and themes.
We them moved into a series of rooms where one was taken through her body of work. It began from her childhood sketches all the way to her awakening in NYC to the very present. I began to see her work in a different light and understood more what she was trying to say. If at first I wasn’t a fan, after this exhibition I had a change of heart and now I am. LOL!