With All My Love For The Tulips, I Pray Forever, 2011 Ongoing Exhibition
The Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama’s work has transcended some of the most important art movements of the second half of the 20th century. Her work is based in conceptual art and shows some attributes of feminism, pop art and minimalism.
Kusama’s early life
Kusama was born in 1929 in Matsumoto, Japan studied traditional Japanese painting style. She started to paint using polka dots and nets as motifs. in 1958 she moved to New York City. She began her large-scale Infinity Net paintings during that time. At the 60’s she began staged many happenings such as body painting festivals, fashion shows and anti-war demonstrations.
In a unique style that is both sensory and utopian, Kusama’s work—which includes paintings, drawing sculpture, installation, art performance art ,fiction, literary works, films, fashion, design, and interventions within existing architectural structures—possesses a highly personal character, yet one that has connected profoundly with large audiences around the globe. Throughout her career, the artist has been able to break down traditional barriers between work, artist, and spectator. Kusama currently lives and works in Tokyo.
Kusama’s exciting sculptural installation With All My Love For The Tulips, I Pray Forever (2011) exemplifies the dualism found throughout her work between the organic and the artificial. Shown here in MAF for the first time in Los Angeles, the oversized flower-potted tulips made from fiberglass- reinforced plastic are painted with the same red polka dots as the floor, ceiling, and walls, creating an immersive viewing experience while at the same time diminishing the appearance of depth.