Yajoi Kusama in Gagosian Gallery in Rome (2011)

Starting from Friday March 25, 2011 the Gagosian Gallery in Rome will present an exhibition of recent paintings and sculptures by the avantgarde artist Yayoi Kusama.

Yayoi Kusama, who was born in 1929 in Matsumoto City, Japan, and has had her work exhibited in leading modern art museums all over the world, including the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. At the moment Kusama lives and works in Japan, but she spent no less than 16 years (1957-1973) in New York City.

She is known for single masterpieces as well as for mass-produced pop culture pieces and for abstract paintings as well as for realistic self-portraits, examples of which can be seen at this exhibition.

Her 60 year career is represented by the Gagosian Gallery through three different sculptures, Narcissus Garden (1966, first shown in Venice, when she tried to sell the mirrored balls the installation consists of at 1200 Liras each at the Biennale), Passing Winter (2005, a sculpture with spy-holes, allowing viewers to see themselves infinitely reflected within) and the most recent Reach Up to the Universe, Dotted Pumpkin (2010), a pumpkin-shaped mirror inside an installation consisting of yet more mirrors.

The painting Dots Obsession also reflects Kusama’s obsession with infinity as, in  a way, do the two large Self-portraits.

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