Yayoi Kusama is one of the most important Japanese contemporary artists and her polka dot patterned pumpkins are an instantly recognizable motif of pop art. The troubled artist, a member of the 1960s New York art scene, suffers from hallucinations and OCD and the 3D dots and infinity nets are actually how she experiences the world around her. The repetitive use of the pumpkin motif is usually interpreted as an attempt to control her fears, however Kusama has also accused her former friend Andy Warhol of stealing her idea for his Marilyns! The Omer Tiroche Gallery has created a friendly and playful space to showcase a small but important collection, which is displayed together for the first time in the UK.
London Calling: This Week: 5 – 11 March
London Calling, March 5, 2018