Yayoi Kusama's Fireflies on the Water
June 13-October 28
Yayoi Kusama’s obsession with the depiction of infinite space has held a central focus within her artistic career. The Museum’s Fireflies on the Water (2002)—with its controlled environment of lights, mirrors, and pool of water—is one of the outstanding examples of these installations that permit the individual viewer to suspend one’s sense of self and accompany the artist on her ongoing journey of self-obliteration.
July 12-Sept 30, 2012
Well known for her use of dense patterns of polka dots and nets, as well as her intense, large-scale environments, Yayoi Kusama’s art encompasses an astonishing variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, film, performance, and immersive installation. Born in Matsumoto, Japan in 1929, Kusama came to the U.S. in 1957 and quickly found herself at the epicenter of the 1960s avant-garde art world in New York. After achieving fame and notoriety with groundbreaking exhibitions, art happenings, and events, she returned to her native country in 1973 and is now Japan’s most prominent contemporary artist. This retrospective features works across many mediums from the full chronology of Kusama’s career.