Thursday, March 22, 2018

YAYOI KUSAMA: INFINITY MIRRORS | Art Gallery of Ontario & Shiseido Event

Phalli's Field

Yayoi Kusama is a legendary artist. Her work is known around world and has been appreciated for decades. It is her 89th birthday today, so I wanted to celebrate by sharing some photos and a video taken when visiting her exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto earlier this March.

kusama exhibit

I purchased Yayoi Kusama's autobiography at the AGO shop as I was interested in reading more about her thoughts on controversial topics surrounding love and sexuality, which became more widely discussed in the 60s hippie era. 

Watch my vlog from the event here:



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Kusama's intricate, vibrant, and sometimes shocking artwork is a product of her obsessive tendencies and hallucinations. While reading her book, I was transfixed by her adventures moving from Japan to the USA, hustling to make valuable connections and taking all means necessary to prove her worth and become a successful artist. From strange relationships, to (many) police encounters, Yayoi explains how creating art can help cope with mental illness, as she battled with numerous phobias and fears. 

kusama collage

Kusama net

yayoi kusama

Kusama's goal is to spread love not war, promoting feelings of pleasure and never feeling ashamed of ourselves.


Kusama Life

Kusama Canvas

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"Bring on Picasso, bring on Matisse, bring on anybody! I would stand up to them all with a single polka dot." - Yayoi Kusama

polka dots

dot balls

kusama dots

ball room

AGO Room

infinity room
See inside the room in my vlog!

Kusama Pink

Dot Balls

kusama light room

candle lights

crystal lights
“After all, well, moon is a polka dot, sun is a polka dot, and then, the earth where we live is also a polka dot.” - Yayoi Kusama

lights room
Adele used footage of this light and mirror room in her "When We Were Young" performance at the BRIT Awards in 2016

kusama design

Obliteration Room
"By obliterating one's individual self, one returns to the infinite universe." - Yayoi Kusama

AGO Infinity Mirrors Tickets

ago shop

gift shop

shoefie
A #Shoefie with my squad!

polaroid photo

The next round of tickets for Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrors exhibit will go live March 27 at 10am EST. I'd highly recommend visiting. Also note that the museum does give out tickets in-person every morning upon opening.

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