The Colorful, Weird World of Japanese Artist Kusama

Yayoi Kusama inside her room installation "Love is Calling"

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.

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