Contemplating Life and Death in Technicolor

by Rachel Baker on November 12, 2013

Yayoi Kusama, 84 and living in a psychiatric hospital in Tokyo by choice, is being showcased in the David Zwirner New York Gallery. Her exhibition shows her contemplation of life and death in an incredible and colorful way.

In an art-world coup earlier this year, New York gallery David Zwirner poached Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama from Gagosian Gallery, one of the biggest art powerhouses in the world. Kusama’s last show in New York was just over a year ago in July 2012, when her monumental retrospective made a stop at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and her trademark polka dots popped up in a Louis Vuitton collection. For her first exhibition with David Zwirner, the artist took over all three of the gallery’s spaces in Chelsea—only the second time that has happened. Titled I Who Have Arrived in Heaven, the show debuts a new body of work by the 84-year-old artist as she contemplates the final years of her life.

Kusama emerged from the psychiatric hospital in Tokyo where she lives by choice to come to New York for the occasion. The artist, who arrived for the opening of the exhibition wearing an electric red wig and a black and yellow polka-dotted frock that she created, spread her message of peace and love to the audience.

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