On Saturday, Artsnapper and the meetup group Art is Culture took a trip to the , to see the new Yayoi Kusama exhibit. This exhibit is a representation of Kusama’s work over the last 60 years. It contains paintings, sculpture, video, photography and installations. Kusama is a dedicated artist and the opportunity to see an accurate and extensive representation of all her work in one place is an opportunity one should not pass up.
I have been familiar with Kusama’s work for a few years. One day of exploring art galleries in Chelsea, my friend and I accidentally came across her work. One of her installations, Fireflies on the Water, in particular caught my eye and has forever stuck with me. This installation is currently exhibited at the Whitney. I was extremely excited to actually see it again, but unfortunately because of her heightened popularity Kusama has obtained during the years and the anticipation for her exhibition at the Whitney, all the tickets to visit the installation were sold out.
Fireflies on the Water is a long process as you are enclosed in a room by yourself. The room is full of mirrors with mystical lights placed everywhere. The mirrors create an illusion of space, which makes the lights go on for miles. This is truly a majestic experience and I encourage everyone to check it out.
Since the fireflies and water exhibit was sold out, we all decided to venture to the fourth floor, where many of her works were being displayed. I truly enjoyed it, even-though my colleague Cristian doesn’t feel the same way. He definitely feels her earlier work is a lot more potent and filled with more feeling, but her latest work even-though it is more vibrant and lively, it seems amateur and comical.
After the exhibit many of us decided to check out other exhibitions, including Sharon Hayes: There’s so much that I want to say to you. We also viewed the museums permanent collection, which is home to Jasper Johns Three Flags.
Overall, we all had a great time during our visit to the Whitney Museum. We met a lot of great people, had great conversation about art and hashed-out some potential exhibitions we should attend in the coming weeks.
As a reminder Yayoi Kusama exhibition ends September 30, 2012.
The Whitney did not allow any images of the exhibit, so this was the only one I could sneak before being berated by a security guard.
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