I went to see the Yayoi Kusama retrospective at the Tate Modern over the weekend. For those who haven’t seen it yet, you must check it out before it ends on the 5th of June! I realised I actually wasn’t familiar with the whole spectrum of her themes. Her artworks relating to her obsession with spots are there (including an amazing immersive room where you walk through a narrow dark room filled with mirrors and small hanging multi-coloured lightbulbs…it gives a sense of infinity and claustrophobia all at the same time) as well as a series of “Accumulation Sculptures” (see below the sculptures in white), her early works, collages influenced by her close relationship with the artist Joseph Cornell and her recent paintings. I also really liked her very simple artworks of accumulation of stamps repeated to form patterns, created when she lived in New York in the 1960’s as a financially struggling artist. One of the many ways she explored the accumulation and repetition themes.


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