(Fireflies on the Water by Yayoi Kusama, c. 2002)
As an art student one of the nicest things about living in New York is being in such close proximity to some brilliant art museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Modern Museum of Art. (Some retrospects I’ve seen this year include Willem de Kooning, Diego Velazquez, and Cindy Sherman.) NYC is also home to the Whitney Museum which is currently undergoing renovations but has nonetheless continued to put together some interesting exhibitions. This summer from 12 July-30 September, the Whitney Museum is having a retrospective on Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama.
I first encountered Kusama during my year abroad while I was busy making art history presentations for the year twelve TEE students. Kusama is well-known for her use of polka dot patterns and intense, large-scale environments that show a concern for imaginary and almost psychedelic constructions of space. I actually can’t wait to see her work in person (artwork is always better seen in person, no exceptions) especially the special showing of her installation Fireflies on the Water which is reminiscent to her previous installation Infinity Mirror Room for the Tate Modern in London.
If anyone is in the NYC area next month and would like to visit the retrospective together, drop me a mention on Twitter or leave a comment– it would definitely be nice to hear others feedback on the exhibit. For more information, visit the Whitney Museum’s official site here. Hope everyone is finding time to check out some great artwork this summer, no matter where you live!!