Yayoi Kusama’s Yellow Trees covers entire buildings in New York

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Yayoi Kusama - Yellow Trees, 1994, 14th Street, New York, 2012
Yayoi Kusama – Yellow Trees, 1994, 14th Street, New York, 2012

Published: December 17, 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 in 2012, 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
Photo: Arts Observer/artsobserver.com

Yayoi Kusama - Yellow Trees, Meatpacking District in Manhattan, 2012, close-up
Yayoi Kusama – Yellow Trees, 1994, 14th Street, New York, 2012
Photo: Arts Observer/artsobserver.com

Yayoi Kusama - Yellow Trees, Meatpacking District in Manhattan, 2012, close-up
Yayoi Kusama – Yellow Trees, 1994, 14th Street, New York, 2012
Photo: Arts Observer/artsobserver.com

Time-lapse video of ‘Yellow Trees’

1min 20sec

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Yayoi Kusama - Dots, Louis Vuitton, New York, 2012
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Yayoi Kusama - Louis Vuitton (New York)
Yayoi Kusama – Louis Vuitton flagship store on Fifth Avenue, New York, 2012

Yayoi Kusama - Dots, Louis Vuitton, New York, 2012
Yayoi Kusama – Louis Vuitton flagship store on Fifth Avenue, New York, 2012

Yayoi Kusama - Dots, Louis Vuitton, New York, 2012
Yayoi Kusama – Louis Vuitton flagship store on Fifth Avenue, New York, 2012

All images: DDG Partners/ddgpartners.com & Yayoi Kusama/yayoi-kusama.jp unless otherwise noted.

 

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