Monday, July 16, 2012
YAYOI KUSAMA’S FIREFLIES ON THE WATER at the Whitney
July 12, 2012, September 30, 2012
Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), Fireflies on the Water, 2002. Mirror, plexiglass, 150 lights and water, 111 × 144 1/2 × 144 1/2 in. (281.9 × 367 × 367 cm) overall. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Postwar Committee and the Contemporary Painting and Sculpture Committee and partial gift of Betsy Wittenborn Miller 2003.322a-tttttttt. © Yayoi Kusama. Photograph courtesy Robert Miller Gallery
Yayoi Kusama’s depictions of seemingly endless space have been a central focus of her artistic career. Kusama’s Fireflies on the Water (2002)—with its carefully constructed environment of lights, mirrors, and water—is one of the outstanding examples of this kind of installation, which creates a space in which individual viewers are invited to transcend their sense of self.
Fireflies on the Water, a work in the Whitney’s collection, is being shown in conjunction withYayoi Kusama, which is on view on the fourth floor July 12 through September 30, 2012.
More Information at the Whitney.
Books the Central Library owns about Yayoi Kusama