YAYOI KUSAMA, Narcissus Garden, 2017 1,500 stainless steel balls, dimensions variable. Installation view from the exhibition “Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow” at National Gallery Singapore, 2017. Courtesy the artist.

Life is the Heart of a Rainbow

Yayoi Kusama

Singapore Japan
Also available in:  Chinese  Arabic

What is the difference between a circle and a dot? According to Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, circles are flat, but the “moon, stars and people . . . are made of dots. They are infinity.” At 88, the doyenne of madness and polka dots grows only more popular with age, and ever more enmeshed in her recurring motifs of dots, nets, phalluses and cartoonish pumpkins—obsessions inspired by decades of mental illness. 

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