When we profiled the weird and wonderful Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama last year, the interview was conducted over email and her cryptic responses were written by an interpreter. Kusama, who back then was promoting a collaboration with Louis Vuitton, chooses to live her life in a Tokyo mental institution, and rarely leaves its confines. Last night however, there we were, at Manhattan’s David Zwirner gallery, standing right next to the mystical, wheelchair-bound artist, as she led us on a tour of I Who Have Arrived in Heaven, her latest exhibition which runs until December 21. From the gallery:
Spanning the gallery’s three consecutive locations on 19th Street in Chelsea (519, 525 and 533 West 19th Street), this exhibition will feature over thirty new large-scale paintings. Other highlights include the presentation of a new mirrored infinity room made especially for this exhibition and the United States debut of another infinity room, which was recently on view in Tokyo at the Mori Art Museum. Also exhibited will be the artist’s video installation, entitled Manhattan Suicide Addict, that draws its title from her first semi-autobiographical novel published in 1978. This is the artist’s first exhibition at David Zwirner since joining the gallery in early 2013.
Say hi to Yayoi above. She’s saying hi to you.
Photography by James Orlando