Yayoi Kusama: White Infinity Nets
Victoria Miro inaugurates its new Mayfair gallery with a presentation of recent white Infinity Net paintings by Yayoi Kusama.
It is the first time Kusama has exclusively shown white Infinity Nets in Europe and in its select concentration on these iconic works the exhibition recalls Kusama's debut solo show in New York at the Brata Gallery in October 1959.
From a distance these delicate paintings read as monochromes, but up close their intricate surfaces become visible: small arched semi-circles of white paint almost completely covering the ground of the canvases. On each painting the underlay, a wash of black or grey, is obscured by an intricate network of gestural scallops of paint that combine to form a net. The paintings are characterised by an all-over surface that suggests detailed lattice- or lacework. The nets appear to extend beyond the picture planes, suggesting the potential to expand indefinitely.