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The Colorful, Weird World of Japanese Artist Kusama

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Yayoi Kusama inside her room installation "Love is Calling" (Courtesy David Zwirner and Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc. Photo: Will Ragozzino)

Lines are forming in front of a Chelsea gallery to see columns that swirl and glow, and abstract, colorful paintings.

They're the work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, who has a retrospective at the David Zwirner gallery.

Kusama is 84 and she said even though she's had a tough life since childhood, she's still working, often until 3 a.m. During the press opening of the show, she spoke through a translator.

"Life is at stake, and I don't take any rest. In New York and also in Tokyo, I've had different times when I had to put myself to mental institutions, I've had suicide attempts in New York, I've gone through these periods, but I have recovered," she said.

The show has 27 paintings,  two installation pieces and one video work.

Courtesy David Zwirner and Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.
Yayoi Kusama, Dance Party Night, 2013
Courtesy David Zwirner and Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.
Yayoi Kusama, Where Is the Youth?, 2013
Courtesy David Zwirner and Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.
Yayoi Kusama, My Heart, 2013
Courtesy David Zwirner and Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.
Yayoi Kusama, Mystery of the Universe, 2013

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