'I think I will be able to, in the end, rise above the clouds and climb the stairs to Heaven and I will look down on my beautiful life.'
So says Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Visitors of her phenomenal Victoria Miro Wharf Road show in 2016 climbed these stairs to heaven with her. For the show, Kusama brought three Infinity Rooms to Islington; mirrored convex chambers, each with some flickering light source, in which everything becomes suddenly infinite; suspended in a kaleidoscopic cosmos.
But there's more exciting news. Kusama fans can thrive in dot mania thanks to a new documentary about the artist's life and childhood in Japan during World War II. Made over the last seventeen years, Kusama - Infinity will trace the artist's long career, exploring her creative process, the challenges of being a woman in a male dominated industry and the ongoing influence of her work today. Release date still to be confirmed. Kusama - Infinity trailer:
Since her 2012 Tate Modern retrospective, the British art world has gone dotty for Kusama. Born in Japan in 1929, she moved to downtown New York at the dawn of the 60s, where her work excelled within prevailing trends of Pop Art and psychedelia.
Kusama has since explored the psychedelic and hallucinatory in her work. She has lived in a psychiatric hospital, voluntarily, since 1977; both fearing and nurturing insanity. Working in a nearby studio, Kusama channels her mental illness to positive creative effect through art. Both her trademark polka dots and instantly recognizable Infinity Nets — oils featuring loosely painted single-coloured semicircles, which link together to form a lace-like net – are said to be inspired by her hallucinations.
To say that she has been steadily gaining momentum in recent years would be an understatement. Kusama collaborated with Louis Vuitton for a collection in 2012. She was named World's Most Popular Artist in 2014, and opened her own Museum in Tokyo in October 2017. We await her London return with great anticipation.
|What||Yayoi Kusama exhibition, Victoria Miro London|
|Where||Victoria Miro, 16 Wharf Road , London, N1 7RW | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Old Street (underground)|
03 Oct 18 – 21 Dec 18, Closed on Sundays and Mondays
|Website||Please click here for more information|