Yayoi Kusama at Gagosian Gallery05.28.09   |   Posted in: Art & Design   |   By: Rebecca Swanner
Tags: Gagosian Gallery, Nihonga, Painting, Yayoi Kusama
There are a few galleries around the world whose exhibitions we pay attention to each time they launch. The Gagosian Gallery is one of those. In the past few months alone, they’ve displayed the works of Cy Twombly, John Waters, and Takashi Murakami. And, in just a few days, starting on May 30th and running through July 17th, their Beverly Hills location will host the West Coast exhibition of Yayoi Kusama’s work (they’ve been showing his pieces in New York since April 16th).
Kusama, now 80, studied the traditional Nihonga painting style in Japan before moving to New York City in the 1950s and creating huge paintings that made the viewer feel as if they were enveloped in her world…a concept she pushed even further with her three-dimensional installations of mirrors, phallic symbols, and other objects.
Those living around Beverly Hills should already be familiar with Kusama’s work as one of her larger-than-life sculptures of tulips resides at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Rodeo Drive. If you’re intrigued to investigate her work further, check out the new exhibit which will feature new and familiar paintings, sculptures, and installations.