Monday, December 28, 2009

Yayoi Kusama

The best art exhibit I saw in 2009 was Yayoi Kusama's of Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity at the Gagosian Gallery in NYC.  The write-up from the gallery describes it most accurately which I've copied and pasted below, for an attempt at paraphrasing would not do the exhibit justice. In short, though, when I stepped into this box, I felt  like I might have touched infinity. I just wanted to float away. If this work is ever exhibited again, I will make sure I get on line again, again, and again.

"...Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity (2009), a mesmerizing "infinity room" that operates on a system of simple yet ingenious optical devices. In a dark void, a delicate, shimmering mirage unfolds around the viewer, a myriad of gleaming lights that reproduce and reflect endlessly upon each other in golden silence. Titles of recent figurative paintings, in which worms, eyes, and other more indeterminate biomorphic forms abound, reflect a preoccupation with mortality, as well as with enlightenment, solitude, nothingness, and the mysteries of the physical and metaphysical universe." --- Gagosian Gallery

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