Saturday, September 26, 2009
#843 ... Spotted
Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is exhibiting at the re-opening of the City Gallery follwing refurbishment. Her exhibition based around dots creates a piece of installation art for the gallery itself . [Thanks to Rumi for this image.]
She has never seen this surreal vision she created for the re-opening of Wellington's City Gallery on Sunday. Now 80-years-old, she doesn't travel, so Dots Obsession Day, 2009 (a yellow room with black dots) and Dots Obsession Night, 2009 (a black room with yellow dots) were installed on her behalf by Yoriko Tsuruta, Etsuko Sakurai and Isao Takakura.
It took the trio, who oversee the installation of Kusama's artworks in museums and galleries internationally, two weeks to construct and paint the room installations, and four days to festoon them with adhesive dots and inflate the vinyl shapes. The exhibition Yayoi Kusama: Mirrored Years, is the centrepiece of City Gallery's first exhibition since it closed 11 months ago for a $6.3 million makeover. Last year one of Kusama's works sold at auction for more than NZ$7 million, making it the most expensive work sold at auction by a living female artist.
City Gallery exhibitions manager Gerda Nana said four giant containers had arrived bearing pieces from the artist while other works were airfreighted in. Kusama's distinctive creations will also include a public artwork made specifically for Wellington that will cover the exterior of the gallery, featuring her trademark coloured dots. Gallery director Paula Savage said the exhibition would appeal across generations. "It's an exhibition that will be unlike anything anyone has seen before."