Famous artist Yayoi Kusama brings her Instagrammable heavy infinity mirror rooms and sculptural installations to New York City. David Zwimer presents her work split into three major exhibitions at his NYC galleries: Festival of Life at 525 and 333 West 19th Street in Chelsea and the Infinity Nets at 34 East 69th Street on the Upper East Side.
Kusama’s work has transcended some of the most important art movements for decades, including Pop Art and Minimalism. The Festival of Life showcases her talent to create art that is not just to be shown but experienced. The two infinity mirrors room is a selfie worth capturing. One invites the viewer to look inside through two abstract peepholes with miniature light bulbs in changing colors revealing a hexagonal pattern that is mirrored endlessly. The other fully envelops the visitor inside a large mirrored room with stainless steel balls suspended from the ceiling and arranged on the floor. An enclosed column is the centerpiece within the room offering yet another mirrored environment accessible through peepholes.
Her My Eternal Soul paintings are also presented in a tight grid that covers four walls in a massive showroom exploring different abstract forms, subtract matter, and figurative elements. In the center of the vibrant, immersive environment created by the paintings is Kusama’s new stainless steel sculptures depicting fantastically scaled, individual flowers featuring the artist’s distinctive bold palette. This is also appears in her famous With All My Love For The Tulips, I Pray Forever (2011), a sculptural installation—shown for the first time in the United States—in which oversized flower-potted tulips in fiberglass-reinforced plastic are painted with the same red polka dots as the floor, ceiling, and walls, creating an all-enveloping viewing experience while at the same time diminishing the appearance of depth.
Uptown you will find her Infinity Nets paintings on view. The series begun in New York in the 1950s, when “abstract expressionism” was still the dominant style. These canvases embodied a radical departure, featuring minutely painted nets across monochrome backgrounds. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue published by David Zwirner Books.
Both exhibits run from November 2 – December 16. The Festival of Life opening reception is on November 2 from 6-8PM, while the Infinity Nets is 5-8PM. Get in line as soon as possible, because there will be Supreme drop caliber lines outside.
Also, watch Yayoi Kusama and Ai Weiwei’s most iconic works come to life in 3D animation.
- Photography: Thomas Welch