Yayoi Kusama at Tate Modern

The Yayoi Kusama retrospective finished in June but I feel somehow bound to include it: compared with the Yoko Ono show, it seemed crazy and eye-popping.  We might debate whether this is “Asian Art” but I shall be inclusive.  Both came from wealthy Japanese backgrounds: Kusama’s family was in seed-production, Ono’s in banking.  Both came to prominence in the 1960s and spent time in New York, although Kusama returned to Japan in 1973.  The Kusama show was very large: fourteen galleries, six decades of work, media ranging from paint and video to soft sculpture and macaroni (yes, macaroni).  I was captivated above all by the installation Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled with the Brilliance of Life.  A walkway leads through a darkened room, every surface a mirror.  The space is filled with tiny lights, reflected to infinity and changing colour constantly.  It is like a magical seascape at night – enchanting, exhilarating.

Yayoi Kusama
Tate Modern, London
9 February 2012 to 5 June 2012 (now closed)

See also the Guardian's brilliant photo series Seeing Spots: Yayoi Kusama Exhibition at Tate Modern