This past week in London, the Tate Modern presented two juxtapozing exhibitions of major interest to us and obviously most people interested in contemporary art: Damien Hirst may be getting most headlines as of now, but the exhibition covering nine decades of work from Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama was one of the best exhibitions we have seen over the past few years.
From paintings as a teenager, to her experimental performance work while living in NYC in the 1960s, to major and immersive installations, to her return to painting and voluntarily living in a psychiatric institution, the Tate's examination of Yayoi's amazing career is thorough and extensive. What the viewer feels leaving the exhibition is that the artist was a art project herself, presenting each project and work as an extension of her life and lifestyle.
And, of course, there is her obsessive dedication to her dots. Films, installation, and artworks are covered with her dots. As the Tate notes, "In an attempt to share her experiences, she creates installations that immerse the viewer in her obsessive vision of endless dots and nets or infinitely mirrored space."
If you happen to be in London over the next month, this is the one exhibition we count as a must-see. A brilliant look at an artist that defines what it means to live a creative life.
Through June 5, 2012