SEE­ING SPOTS

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Avant-garde Ja­panese artist Yayoi Kusama’s sixty-five-year ca­reer is one of mythic pro­por­tions. A prom­i­nent fig­ure in the post-war New York art scene, her renowned polka dots have not only cov­ered her own art­work for the past sixand-a-half decades, but have also made their way onto ev­ery­thing from Louis Vuit­ton bags to a bus in her home­town of Mat­sumoto, Ja­pan. Kusama’s break­through came in 1965 when she pro­duced In­fin­ity Mir­ror Room—Phalli’s Field. In an at­tempt to cre­ate a hal­lu­ci­na­tory ex­pe­ri­ence, she lined a small room with mir­rored pan­els that re­flected an in­tense and dizzy­ing rep­e­ti­tion of hun­dreds of red-spot­ted, white fab­ric tubes piled on the floor. Over the course of her ca­reer, Kusama has gone on to pro­duce more than 20 dis­tinct In­fin­ity Mir­ror Rooms”. Now, six of th­ese kalei­do­scopic spa­ces fea­tur­ing polka-dot pump­kins and twin­kling LED lights, along with more than 60 of the artist’s key paint­ings, sculp­tures and works on paper, have em­barked on a tour of five ma­jor North Amer­i­can mu­se­ums. The in­ter­ac­tive ex­hi­bi­tion ex­am­ines the artist’s cen­tral themes, like the cel­e­bra­tion of life and its af­ter­math, and is a true ret­ro­spec­tive of the ex­tra­or­di­nary ca­reer of the 87-year-old wo­man be­hind the dots, and the most sig­nif­i­cant North Amer­i­can tour of her works in nearly two decades. YAYOI KUSAMA: IN­FIN­ITY MIR­RORS IS CUR­RENTLY ON DIS­PLAY AT THE HIRSHHORN MU­SEUM AND SCULP­TURE GAR­DEN IN WASH­ING­TON, DC UN­TIL MAY 14 BE­FORE TRAV­EL­ING TO THE SEAT­TLE ART MU­SEUM (JUNE 30 TO SEPT. 10, 2017), THE BROAD IN LOS ANGELES (OCT. 21, 2017–JAN. 1, 2018), THE ART GALLERY OF ON­TARIO IN TORONTO (MARCH 3 TO MAY 27, 2018), THE CLEVE­LAND MU­SEUM OF ART (JULY 9–SEPT. 30, 2018), AND THE HIGH MU­SEUM OF ART IN AT­LANTA (NOV. 18, 2018–FEB. 17, 2019).

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