By Jim Bleyer
Yayoi Kusama’s spectacular “Infinity Mirrors” exhibition enters the final stage of its two-year North American tour de force November 18 at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art and demand for tickets to the multi-media show is soaring.
Dubbed by many as the art world’s “Hamilton”, the exhibition will take visitors on a once-in-a-lifetime journey through more than 60 years of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s creative genius.
The focus will center on the evolution of her iconic kaleidoscopic environments called Infinity Mirror Rooms.
I know art lovers and aesthetes that have viewed “Infinity Mirrors” at one of the five previous tour stops. Mesmerizing. Enthralling. Breathtaking. Pick an adjective.
Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Monday (info below). The three-month long exhibition at the High is the only Southeast outpost for “Infinity Mirrors.”
The exhibition sold out rapidly in all of its previous North American legs: Hirshborn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Seattle Art Museum; The Broad, Los Angeles; Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Spanning the entire second floor of the High’s Wieland Pavilion, “Infinity Mirrors” features six of the rooms as well as additional large-scale installations, sculptures, paintings, works on paper, archival photographs and films from the early 1950s through the present.
The 89-year-old artist, who is regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, is still very active in her Tokyo studio. New works in the exhibition include vibrantly colored paintings and the recently completed Infinity Room “All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins” (2016), filled with dozens of Kusama’s signature bright-yellow, dotted pumpkin sculptures.
“Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors” begins with the artist’s original landmark installation, “Infinity Mirror Room—Phalli’s Field” (1965/2016), featuring a vast expanse of red-spotted white tubers in a room lined with mirrors, which creates a dazzling illusion of infinite space.
The exhibition will also include “Infinity Mirrored Room—Love Forever” (1966/1994), a hexagonal chamber into which viewers peer from the outside to see colored flashing lights that reflect endlessly from ceiling to floor. The work is a re-creation of Kusama’s legendary 1966 mirror room “Kusama’s Peep Show” (or “Endless Love Show”), in which the artist staged group performances in her studio.
Kusama’s signature bold polka dots will be featured in “Dots Obsession—Love Transformed into Dots” (2007), a domed, mirrored room filled with inflatable spheres suspended from the ceiling. The artist’s more recent LED environments, filled with lanterns or crystalline balls that seem to extend infinitely, will be represented in “Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity” (2009) and “Infinity Mirrored Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away” (2013).
Also on view in the exhibition will be a selection of more than 60 paintings, sculptures and works on paper, including many of Kusama’s infrequently shown collages, which she made after returning to Japan following a stay in New York City from 1957 to 1973. These works trace the artist’s trajectory from her early surrealist works on paper, “Infinity Net” paintings, and “Accumulation” assemblages to recent paintings and soft sculptures that highlight recurring themes of nature and fantasy, utopia and dystopia, unity and isolation, obsession and detachment and life and death.
“Infinity Mirrors” was organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Visit www.high.org beginning Sept. 17 to purchase tickets.
General admission tickets prices:
$29 for visitors ages 6 and over
$5 for ages 5 and under
- Limited to a maximum of six tickets per purchase.
- All visitors (including infants) must have a timed ticket.
- One adult must accompany every two children ages 12 and under.
- One adult may purchase up to two $5 tickets for ages 5 and under.
- VIP tickets are available for $175 each and include an exhibition catalogue and special viewing hours.
- A limited number of tickets (approximately 100) will be available on-site at the Museum each day for walk-up purchase beginning on Nov. 18. Those tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and will be valid for that date only.