Spot on for Kusama kids!

  • 19 August, 2013

Spot on! The artist who lets children cover her white room with colourful stickers.

This is what happens when children are given thousands of coloured stickers and a totally white room all to themselves – plus a free reign to express themselves.

Before the kids descended on this all-white lounge the living room looked like a minimalist’s dream pad. Afterwards barely a spec of white remained.

But this is no normal living room, this is the latest work of daring 82-year-old Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. And the finished product is just how she likes it.

'Yayoi Kusama: Look Now, See Forever' Installation view

Since the 1950s the influential artist has created breathtaking works including the all-white ‘Obliteration Room’ created specifically to engage children and adults in an art gallery space.

Even children unable to get to the gallery can also access the online version with Kusama’s World of Dots, where Kusama’s dots don’t always behave as expected!

For 40 years Yayoi has made paintings, sculptures and photographs using dots to cover surfaces and fill rooms, a process she calls ‘obliteration’, which means the complete destruction of every trace of something, in this case white space.

And she began creating paintings using dots in watercolour, oils and pastels when she was just ten years old.

The room, which is part of her ‘Look Now, See Forever’ installation at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, took visitors to the Australian gallery two weeks to create and is now a flurry of colour and random dots.

The work will be on display until March 12.

Yayoi Kusama’s art sales are among the highest for a living female artist. She has won many accolades during her long career and spent 16 years living and working the United States before returning to her native Japan in 1973. She has also written novels and released films as part of her lifetime’s body of work.

'Yayoi Kusama: Look Now, See Forever' exhibition view GoMA

 

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'Yayoi Kusama: Look Now, See Forever'Exhibition View

Yayoi Kusama: Look Now See Foreverinstallation viewGallery of Modern Art

 

To learn more about Kusama – check out her website (http://www.yayoi-kusama.jp/e/information/index.html) and be ready to be AMAZED!

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