Connecting the dots: a peek into the heart of Yayoi Kusama. By Elena Owyong
One room is invaded by countless brightly colored polka dots on gargantuan whimsical tulip sculptures; another equally yellow room is populated by a horde of black dots from ceiling to floor.
It is a dizzying experience for those uninitiated in the works of Japanese avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama. The octonegerian, 88 this year, is a major figure in the art world who enjoys a cult-like following for her infinity nets, dots and phallic artworks. She is also Japan’s most celebrated contemporary artist and represented the country at the 1993 Venice Biennale.
Image: Yayoi Kusama, With All My Love for the Tulips, I Pray Forever, 2013
© Yayoi Kusama, courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore, Victoria Miro, London, David Zwirner, New York