Artistic Endeavors – Yayoi Kusama

Atrium of Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art is now showing the much heralded Yayoi Kusama‘s Infinity Mirrors, so I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I joined many, many others who shelled out $30 to stand in lines for an opportunity to spend about 30 seconds in each mirrored box.

I have no photos of the box interiors because I spent my brief time taking in the effects. However, this exhibit description contains a photo of “The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away,” as well as other exhibit items. It is indeed all done with mirrors.

Besides those marquee items, the exhibit spans other work by Kusama from the 1960s to the present. Some of her more recent work shows further evolution of her trademark polka dots.

What great ideas for quilt borders!

One of my favorite pieces was “Flower” (1975,) in part because of the reflections off the glass that protects this collage. I think it goes well with the exhibit’s theme.

I also saw dots on other items displayed at the museum, especially these two pottery pieces from the central Andes, made sometime between 600 and 1000 AD.

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6 responses to “Artistic Endeavors – Yayoi Kusama

  1. Thanks for the little glimpse of the exhibit. I have always felt Yayoi Kusama a living piece of art! No surprise that you saw quilt border ideas in some of those pieces. I’m amazed when pottery pieces survive so many years and those are very unique looking pieces.

    • Yes, I understood why so many people came for the Kusama exhibit, but I felt a bit sad they didn’t take in the wealth of the museum’s holdings while they were there. I learned about a New Journalism photographer, Danny Lyon, from a room of his photos of demolition in NYC.

  2. Rosemaryflower

    What an adventure. the mirrors would have been creepy for me. but I saw the photo you shared and that was enough. I like the paintings, they are vibrant and fun. I agree about the quilt borders. there is some sweetness in the paintings
    I read her bio in wiki that you shared. She had a traumatic childhood. Her mother was horrible, and her father was terrible. She did at some point early on become angry…. I wonder what made her so mentally ill that she started behaving bizarre? could it have been drugs?
    The 60’s were reckless times for the young and middle aged.
    The glass flower, I am not sure what to think of this. I am not excited about glass art…..(I do like marbles)
    Thank you for sharing this experience with us, $30 is steep for a lady with bright red orange hair. haha
    I do like the pottery you shared.
    I do not watch a lot of television, however, while I am sewing in my sewing office, I have a large window into the family room and I can see the tv. Hubbs and I watch/listen to a lot of Ancient Aliens, discussion about discoveries found around the world mainly in Asia, the middle east, and south America and what they meant, also we watch other programs about things discovered using recent technology and studies. Most of these programs are on History, Science and Nat Geo etc. I am sure they can be found on YouTube or Roku.
    I love this stuff. We are fortunate to have humble hard working archeologists and ancient historians to ‘sort of’ explain their thoughts and ideas of these findings.
    Happy Monday

    • All the crowds were at the Kusama show, so I had the Central and South American galleries pretty much to myself. Found lots I liked up there, including some beautiful southwestern U.S. pots.

  3. Barbara

    Synchronicity, I just heard of this artist for the first time last week when I was doing research to write an article on Pittsburgh attractions. They have one of her installations at the Mattress Factory there. The Mattress Factory is an old Stearns & Foster warehouse turned Avante Garde art installation museum.

    • Her work certainly belongs in an installation space. I hope the Mattress Factory doesn’t have one of her weird tube collections sprayed with silver. I really didn’t like them.

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