Just two months after opening her own museum in Tokyo Yayoi Kusama is presenting two major exhibitions, titled Festival of Life and Infinity Nets, across three of the David Zwirner galleries in New York. Kusama will showcase 66 paintings from her My Eternal Soul series, as well as large-scale flower sculptures, a polka-dotted environment, and two Infinity Mirror Rooms in the Chelsea locations.
The first room, decorated in miniature light bulbs to create a hexagonal pattern, can only be viewed from a peephole, while the other room which incorporates stainless steel orbs invites viewers to experience the work from within. The Upper East Side gallery will feature Kusama’s Infinity Nets paintings, famous for its thick layers of paint applied with rounded brushes.
“[Her work] draws crowds of all ages [and] is a major phenomenon on social media,” explains Lucas Zwirner, editorial director at David Zwirner. Kusama is now so popular on social media that David Zwirner is including hashtags and handles with the exhibition title for the first time.
Kusama, 88, who has her own museum in Tokyo, is well known for her colorful, larger-than-life creations, which have been shown in galleries around the world since the 1950s.
Selfies will inevitably abound at the Chelsea gallery. The show will be open from November 2 to December 16 at three David Zwirner Galleries in New York.
All images by David Zwirner Gallery