Throughout her career spanning over 60 years, internationally renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has pursued her principal themes of infinity, self-image and compulsive repetition to obsessive levels.
An exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery in Rome of Kusama's work (ends 7 May) weaves between her two contrasting practices; topical installations of mirrored sculpture and her flamboyant, abstract paintings.
One highlight of the exhibition is her notorious installation Narcissus Garden (1966/2010). First exhibited as a rogue event at the 33rd Venice Biennale in 1966, Kusama offered the hundreds of mirrored balls in the installation to passers-by for 1200 lire a piece. Also on show in Rome is Kusama’s dynamic Dots Obsession painting series - an ongoing inquiry into meditation and infinity.
Kusama's works are always composed from swathes of her signature repeat patterns, which are minutely worked in pulsating colour and display her constantly evolving approach to reflectivity as concept, process and metaphor.
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