The Art of Yayoi Kusama
The University of Auckland Public Programmes has partnered with Auckland Art Gallery Membership to provide a unique perspective on avant-garde Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.
In 2014, Yayoi Kusama’s exhibitions were the most visited in the world and she was named the most popular artist. In 2016, Time magazine included her in their issue on the “100 most influential people in the world”.
The Obliteration Room, Kusama’s participatory installation in Auckland Art Gallery’s Creative Learning Centre began as a New Zealand living room drained of colour which now functions as a blank canvas to be invigorated. The white walls, ceiling, furniture and objects in the space will become “obliterated” over time by the mass build-up of dots into a dizzying blur of colour as visitors apply brightly coloured stickers to every surface. Auckland Art Gallery Director Rhana Devenport says Kusama’s work welcomes people into a space to become collaborators on a celebrated artwork that has travelled the world.
This talk, led by Associate Professor Linda Tyler, will take you on a journey into the life and inspiration behind the work of Yayoi Kusama.
Born 1929, Kusama studied painting in Kyoto before moving to New York in the late 1950s. By the mid-1960s Kusama had become well known in the art world for her provocative happenings and exhibitions. This lecture will explore and discuss her mesmerising paintings, sculptures and installations and how they have entranced people across the globe.
About the presenter
In 2011, Linda was the Robert Lord Fellow at the University of Otago, researching the art and science of nineteenth-century botanist and draughtsman to the Colonial Museum and Geological Survey, John Buchanan FLS (1819-1898). She is a Member of the International Committee on Museums (ICOM) and the New Zealand representative of the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand.
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