The lady is a bit nuts…but her art is very honest and true. Yayoi Kusama’s exhibition in the Whitney Museum of American Art is really an interesting retrospective. It shows the wide spectrum on which Kusama has been moving: based in conceptual art but influenced by minimalism, feminism, surrealism, art brut. Her works are infused with autobiographical and sexual content.
Kusama went in 1957 to New York where she got quickly famous and exhibited with Warhol and Claes Oldenburg. She picked up quickly the avant-garde spirit and her live body shows were famous, when naked people were painted with polka dots.
1973 she went back to Japan and became a fashion designer and opened a gallery. Some years later she voluntarily went to a mental institution where she still lives.
The Whitney Museum of American Art is a great building. Especially the front with the tiny window. Marcel Breuer’s work is architectural jewel, even if it is empty.