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

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

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.

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

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