Painting

Yayoi Kusama's "My Eternal Soul" in Tokyo

Feb 22, 2017 - May 22, 2017National Art Center, Tokyo

Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama is best known for her polka-dotted art pieces and gigantic pumpkin sculptures. Her current exhibition My Eternal Soul at Tokyo's National Art Center shows a broader variety of abstraction beyond the spots. The centerpiece is a series of 500 paintings she's been working on since 2009 that feature organic shapes and natural forms. Kusama has stated that she is constantly creating artwork morning, noon, and night to avoid descending into madness. This prolificness is apparent in the gigantic exhibition which also includes towering neon-colored sculptures and an "Infinity Mirrored Room" of lights.

Photography and text by Sam Graham