Gagosian Galllery, Rome, Italy
From: 25 March 2011
Until: 7 May 2011
by appointment only
Famous for her flamboyant use of colour as much as the compulsive repetition she applies to her work, Kusama has produced works from unique masterpieces to mass-produced pop culture commodities.
Alongside recent works such as her Dots Obsession TOSIA (2008) and Passing Winter (2005) is her notorious sculpture, Narcissus Garden (1966/2010). First exhibited as a rogue event at the 33rd Venice Biennale in 1966, and drawing attention to the commercial realities of art, Kusama offered the hundreds of mirrored balls in the installation to passers by for 1200 lira a piece.
Many of Kusama's works are a personal exploration into obsession, meditation and space. Reach Up to the Universe, Dotted Pumpkin (2010) is in the shape of Kusama's favourite pumpkin motif, which she has described as a sort of alter-ego.
The convex mirrors of varying sizes that make up each of her installations are designed to endlessly reflect and multiply each other and the viewers moving between them.