The Passing Winter

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The Passing Winter
Yayoi Kusama
2005
Mirror and glass
Tate Modern, London

I chose The Passing Winter by Yayoi Kusama . 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. Yayoi is also known for film-making, painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, fashion, poetry, fiction. Yayoi’s picture The Passing Winter is a wonderful and interesting piece.

http://www.tate.org.uk/art/images/work/T/T12/T12821_10.jpg

The way she uses the glass to create the illusion of space makes the room appear larger than it is. Even within the box she has created the illusion of infinite space by using mirrors and light as you see below. http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/yayoi-kusama

She had also used the glass to draw your attention to the box on top of it. Yayoi captured texture with the hard, glossy wood floor, and the smooth, solid surface of the wall. Yayoi used

From 1998 to 1999, a major retrospective of Kusama’s works which opened at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and traveled to the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Walker Art Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. In 2000, Kusama won The Education Minister’s Art Encouragement Prize and Foreign-Minister’s Commendations. In 2008 she released a documentary film called Yayoi Kusama: I love me. Although Yayoi Kusama is in her early 80’s she continues to create beautiful and unique works of art.

http://www.yayoi-kusama.jp/e/biography/
http://whitney.org/Exhibitions/YayoiKusama
http://interactive.qag.qld.gov.au/looknowseeforever/introduction/
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