Archive: Yayoi Kusama
Pumpkins & Tulips – Yayoi Kusama’s most outstanding public sculptures

Pumpkins & Tulips – Yayoi Kusama’s most outstanding public sculptures

Yayoi Kusama - Pumpkin, 1994, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima, Japan
Yayoi KusamaPumpkin, 1994, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima, Japan

About Yayoi Kusama

Celebrating her 90th birthday in 2019, Yayoi Kusama is a leading Japanese artist and legend as far as art is concerned. While she deliberately makes unique pieces that can withstand the wear and tear of the outdoors, she is renowned for reproducing her art in monumental scale when need be. Her career spans over 6 decades and during this time her works have managed to enter the collection of museums such as the New York MoMA, LACMA, Tate Modern and others.

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Yayoi Kusama covers whole museum with her dots

Yayoi Kusama covers whole museum with her dots

Yayoi Kusama, Dots for Love and Peace, 2009 - City Gallery Wellington
Yayoi Kusama, Dots for Love and Peace, 2009, City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand

About ‘Dots for love and peace’

Dots for Love and Peace (2009) was one of only three temporary public art projects worldwide designed by iconic Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. It was installed on the exterior architecture of City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand. Dots for Love and Peace is an intense and unexpected public artwork and reflects Kusama’s obsessive interest in repetition, pattern and color says Gallery director Paula Savage. The scale of the work is immense, covering the entire 52-metre frontage of City Gallery Wellington. Working from the 1930′s architectural drawings of the Gallery façade, Kusama created a detailed plan for the public artwork, with exact specifications of color, size and placement of each individual dot.

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Yayoi Kusama’s prints cover two entire buildings in New York

Yayoi Kusama’s prints cover two entire buildings in New York

Yayoi Kusama - Yellow Tree

Yayoi Kusama - Yellow Trees, 1994, 14th Street, New York, 2012
Yayoi Kusama – Yellow Trees, 1994, 14th Street, New York, 2012
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‘Yellow Trees’ wrapped around building

In celebration of Yayoi Kusama’s past retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art earlier this year, two off-site projects took place. In one of them Kusama’s rhythmic dotted “Yellow Tree motif transformed a construction site in the Meatpacking District in Manhattan into a giant canvas. A detail of the original painting Yellow Trees (1994) has been printed onto special mesh netting and wrapped around the building. The large-scale (150 feet wide by 120 feet high) reproduction applies patterns to the surface of the canvas, often using strong linear gestures to give a sense of space along with jarring visual contrast.

Yayoi Kusama was born in Matsumoto, Japan in 1929. She lives and works in Tokyo.

Photos of ‘Yellow Trees’

Yayoi Kusama - Yellow Tree (rendering)
Rendering of Yayoi Kusama – Yellow Trees, 1994, 14th Street, New York, 2012

Yayoi Kusama - Yellow Trees, Meatpacking District in Manhattan, 2012
Yayoi Kusama – Yellow Trees, 1994, 14th Street, New York, 2012

Yayoi Kusama - Yellow Trees, Meatpacking District in Manhattan, 2012
Yayoi Kusama – Yellow Trees, 1994, 14th Street, New York, 2012

Yayoi Kusama - Yellow Trees, Meatpacking District in Manhattan, 2012
Yayoi Kusama – Yellow Trees, 1994, 14th Street, New York, 2012

Yayoi Kusama - Yellow Trees, Meatpacking District in Manhattan, 2012, close-up
Yayoi Kusama – Yellow Trees, 1994, 14th Street, New York, 2012

Yayoi Kusama - Yellow Trees, Meatpacking District in Manhattan, 2012, close-up
Yayoi Kusama – Yellow Trees, 1994, 14th Street, New York, 2012

Time-lapse video of ‘Yellow Trees’


1min 20sec

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