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Cosmic Nature: A spectacular, polka-dot-filled exhibit by Yayoi Kusama stretches across the New York Botanical Gardens

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April 9, 2021

Grace Ebert

Now they inhabit the 250 hectare green campus of the New York Botanical Garden are oversized flowers that sprout in seasonal arrangements, a glowing pumpkin infinity space, and a sea of 1,400 reflective spheres by Yayoi Kusama ((before). It’s teeming with no-frills sculptures, site-specific installations, and smaller pieces covered in the Japanese artist’s legendary polka dots. Cosmic nature is a sprawling exhibition celebrating decades of Kusama’s bold, joyous work.

During the immersive show, four new pieces will debut, such as the creature with the tentacle that marks the entrance to the site. Others include a 16-foot-tall dancing pumpkin, a wiped out greenhouse, and a new infinity room that reflects the lush greenery of the outside environment. In conjunction with a multitude of smaller acrylic paintings, fabric sculptures, and drawings on paper, the earliest of which date from 1945, the most recent works show a broad visual course of Kusama’s fixation on nature and an infinite predilection for polka dots.

While many of the playful blooms are related to larger themes about human relationships with the environment, some pieces are downright personal, including Flower Obsession, which invites visitors into a space that mimics the artists’ greenhouse. “Our earth is just a dot under a million stars in the cosmos. When we erase nature and our body with dots, we become part of the unity of our environment, ”said the prolific artist in particular.

Cosmic nature opens in the Bronx this weekend and runs through October 31 (via Hyperallergic)

“I want to fly into the universe” (2020), New York Botanical Garden, urethane paint on aluminum, 157 3/8 x 169 3/8 x 140 1/8 in. Collection courtesy of Ota Fine Arts and David Zwirner by the artist. All images via the New York Botanical Garden

“Dancing Pumpkin” (2020), view from the New York Botanical Garden, urethane paint on bronze, 196 7/8 x 116 7/8 x 117 ¼ in. Collection courtesy of Ota Fine Arts and David Zwirner by the artist

“Narcissus Garden” (1966/2021), view in the New York Botanical Garden, 1,400 stainless steel balls, installation dimensions variable. Collection courtesy of Ota Fine Arts by the artist

“Rise of the polka dots on the trees” (2002/2021), view in the New York Botanical Garden, printed polyester fabric, bungees and aluminum brackets installed on existing trees, site-specific installation, dimensions variable. Collection of the artist

“My Soul Blooms Forever” (2019), view in the New York Botanical Garden, urethane paint on stainless steel, installation dimensions variable. Artist’s collection courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Victoria Miro, and David Zwirner

“Pumpkins that scream about love beyond infinity” (2017), mirrors, acrylic, glass, LEDs and wooden panels, 59 x 59 x 83 ½ inches. Collection courtesy of Ota Fine Arts by the artist

“Hymne of Life – Tulips” (2007), mixed media, variable installation dimensions, courtesy of the City of Beverly Hills

“Life” (2015), view in the New York Botanical Garden, glass fiber reinforced plastic, tiles and resin, installation dimensions variable. Collection courtesy of Ota Fine Arts and David Zwirner by the artist

#Flowers
#Installation
# Mirror
# Pumpkins
#Sculpture
#yayoi kusama

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