The 92-year-old artist is well known for covering her sculptures, paintings - even entire rooms - with polka dots. And her output is prolific. For Kusama, who had a troubled childhood and has suffered from hallucinations for most of her life, art was an act of healing and rebellion. In a recent poem written in response to the pandemic, she wrote: ‘In the midst of this historic menace, a brief burst of light points to the future. Let us joyfully sing this song of a splendid future. Let’s go ...’
The works going on display at Victoria Miro in London this June will be covered in a riot of coloured dots, faces, eyes and amorphous shapes. In these times of uncertainty and change, it is easier to understand the healing power of colour and repetition. Kusama’s art provides an inspiring note of defiance and continuity when we need it most.
If you are a Kusama fan, look out for the opening of her Infinity Mirror Rooms at Tate Modern this spring. Dates to be announced.
|What||Yayoi Kusama exhibition, Victoria Miro|
|Where||Victoria Miro Mayfair, 14 St George Street, London, W1S1FE | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Green Park (underground)|
04 Jun 21 – 31 Jul 21, Closed on Sundays and Mondays