Running until January 9th of next year, Yayoi Kusama’s Dot Obsessions exhibition at Sharjah Art Foundation is not to be missed by the visually minded. Whether you’ve heard of the avant-garde Japanese artist or not, you’ll probably recognize her work – she employs a one-of-a-kind technique that features the repetitive use of patterns and polka dots as well as abstract, large-scale environments.
A legend in the art world, she got her start in New York during the 1960s and even helped initiate the pop-art movement. Her work has been featured at The Whitney, Tate Modern, and Museum of Modern Art to name a few. She’s also broken into the world of fashion, collaborating with designer Marc Jacobs while he was the creative head of Louis Vuitton in 2012.
The exhibition in Sharjah will give visitors the chance to explore key works by the artist. Begin in the immersive ‘Obliteration Room’, where you’ll be offered the chance to place brightly colored dots around the surfaces of the furnished space. This room also features a gallery with a selection of Kusama’s small-scale works from the 1970s and 1980s – colorful collages that were produced during a trip she took to her homeland of Japan. Finally, be sure to hit the Central Gallery, where oversized, inflatable polka-dotted balls inhabit a mirror-lined space with 12 large-scale paintings from Kusama’s ‘My Eternal Soul’ series.
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