Opening July 12th at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the retrospective of art star Yayoi Kusama will reintroduce her infinite spots and mirrored environments back to the city that first bred them. The artist, who at 83 has willingly lived at a mental hospital in Tokyo for the past thirty-five years, has been a fixture on the NY art scene since she made her name in the late 1950s with the likes of icons of the era named Warhol, Judd, and Frank Stella. Influenced by her self-described obsessive-compulsive disorder, infinity becomes a childhood playground, a place of totally unobstructed freedom. Buy a spot this summer and get lost in the hypnotic accumulation that is Kusama’s life work, interiors carpeted with phalluses rising like stalagmites naturally from the floor and the repeating patterns on walls and clothing that resemble the complexities and allover-ness of the night skies waning above.
July 12-September 30, 2012
Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street
whitney.org for gallery viewing hours.