Recently I had the chance to check out the Yayoi Kusama exhibit at Victoria Miro gallery in London. I'll admit - I wasn't too familiar with Kusama's work save for the Louis Vuitton collaboration in 2012, and the amazing illuminated selfies which seem to take over my Instagram feed from time to time.
Having been a disrupter on the art scene for almost 70 years, Yayoi Kusama's (born 1929) work is both provocative and mesmerising. Her work seems perfectly suited for the current insta-selfie craze, of photographing oneself alongside installations. Even I (who's Instagram Bio reads : no Selfies or Sunsets!) couldn't resist sharing a selfie in the infinity Pumpkin room - adding to the 100s of 1000s of Pumpkin Selfies populating the "Discover" page.
The retrospective show at Victoria Miro, featured several Mirror or "infinity" rooms (of which you're allowed 30 seconds inside) as well as a selection of paintings and a water installation of metallic globes fittingly titled as Narcissus's Garden. The water feature is as contemporary as ever - yet was produced in 1966. In addition to the gardens, and infinity rooms there are also large pumpkin sculptures and paintings all featuring Kusama's trademark dots -which I later learned are inspired by her own hallucinations!
I had an amazing time scoping out the exhibit and even sneaking back in line for one infinity room twice (Doin' it for the gram!). The exhibition closes July 30th, so if you haven't made it down to Victoria Miro - I suggest you book a date this week and arrive early to avoid the lines!