"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
Timed tickets are required for entry into Fireflies on the Water. Per the artist’s wishes, visitors must enter the installation one at a time, unless assistance or a guardian is required. There is a one-minute time limit inside the installation."
"Kusama says ‘Polka dots are a way to infinity’, they are also a key feature of Kusama’s work."
"Well known for her use of dense patterns of polka dots and nets, as well as her intense, large-scale environments, Yayoi Kusama works in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, film, performance, and immersive installation. Born in Japan in 1929, Kusama came to the United States in 1957 and quickly found herself at the epicenter of the New York avant-garde. After achieving fame through groundbreaking exhibitions and art “happenings,” she returned to her native country in 1973 and is now one of Japan’s most prominent contemporary artists. This retrospective features works spanning Kusama’s career."
More on her exhibitions can be seen at :http://whitney.org/Exhibitions/YayoiKusama