“A polka-dot has the form of the sun, which is a symbol of the energy of the whole world and our living life, and also the form of the moon, which is calm. Round, soft, colorful, senseless and unknowing. Polka-dots become movement…Polka dots are a way to infinity."
Always a treat to see Yayoi Kusama's work in person. It's a nice reminder of not taking things too seriously especially in the midst of all the typical pre-Fashion Week hyperbole. I had the chance to experience a Yayoi collection before at the Centre Pompidou in Paris last Fall and at the Gagosian a few years ago, with the Infinity Room. So it was nice to see her work again here in my hometown at The Whitney, where I could take my time. Especially excited when I was able to get a ticket into her Fireflies on the Water installation (which was the best minute I've ever spent, anywhere).
If you can't be there when the museum opens to get a Fireflies ticket (and then wait for your time slot - but I didn't mind killing that time at Barneys) I highly recommend spending some time in the room with all of her correspondence and personal photographs. Her sketchbook with pencil drawings of peonies especially touched me.
1. Polka dot painting by me, part of a project I did for a client, out next Spring. 2. Kusama at age 10, 1939.