New Yayoi Kusama exhibition opens at the New York Botanical Garden
Since his earliest childhood, contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama has found creative inspiration in nature. From polka-dot pumpkins to flower “erasures”, she captures plant life in her own distinctive style. Now, the public will be able to see Kusama’s colorful art installed outdoors in a new exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden. Entitled KUSAMA: Cosmic nature, this exhibit features a comprehensive collection of the artist’s nature-themed artwork, many created specifically for the event, spread across the site’s 250-acre landscape.
“We are excited to mount this very special exhibit this year, having postponed it to 2020 due to the pandemic,” said Karen Daubmann, vice president of exhibits and public engagement at NYBG. “Yayoi Kusama kindly shared a message with us. On March 6, 2021, she wrote, in part, “Dancing through our universe are noble souls whose magnificent forms are saturated with mystery. I invite you to explore the ever-growing ode to the beauty of love that is my art. ‘ We are eager to share his unique vision of the link between art, nature and the cosmos at Le Jardin, a site perfectly suited to this unique presentation.
Among the new pieces presented at the show is the yellow and black sculpture, Dancing pumpkin; a 13-foot-tall biomorphic form called I want to fly in the universe; and Kusama’s first flower-erasing greenhouse. In addition, the exhibition will include an assemblage of paintings and drawings by the artist spanning his long and vibrant career. All of these pieces show Kusama’s deep connection to the environment. “Nature is not only a central source of inspiration, it is also an integral part of the visceral effects of Kusama’s artistic language, in which organic growth and the proliferation of life are always present,” says guest curator Mika Yoshitake, Ph.D.
KUSAMA: Cosmic nature will be on view until October 31, 2021. Tickets can be purchased through the New York Botanical Garden website.