Yayoi Kusama is one of a kind. Her signature polka dots have become widely recognised across the world, gracing trees, Louis Vuitton bags, mannequins and buildings alike, and seeing her rise to success in New York, France and her native Japan in the process. And yet, her entire oeuvre and all of the books she written were created from the confines of psychiatric hospital which she voluntarily submitted herself to in 1977, and has lived in ever since.
Fascinated by such an idiosyncratic character, Yayoi’s most recent exhibition I Who Have Arrived in Heaven has New Yorkers queuing around the block outside the David Zwirner gallery in Chelsea to experience her stunning installation, Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away. Consisting of a series of mirrors positioned in such a way as to create the illusion of infinity, and decorated with more hanging lights than any Santa’s grotto could shake a striped candy cane at, the piece is a stellar reminder of Yayoi’s inimitable genius, and the limitless possibilities that come from an unconventional mind.
I Who Have Arrived in Heaven will run until December 21 at David Zwirner in New York.
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