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.
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