Great art by Yayoi Kusama and Darren Almond

Today, Paul and I went to the Victoria Miro gallery to see a Yayoi Kusama exhibition and we weren’t disappointed. We saw 44 large silkscreens on canvas which I quite liked (see two photographs below).
Paul, in front of silkscreens by Yayoi Kusama, at her exhibition at the Victoria Miro Gallery, London, February 2008.

Photographing myself and some silkscreens in a mirror, at the Yayoi Kusama exhibition at the Victoria Miro Gallery, London, February 2008.
A version of Narcissus Garden which was ok – I’ve seen a much better version (imho) at the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane. The one here was outside in a canal (I think?) and today was FREEZING, and the silver balls were around the edge away from us (I think from the wind) so it was a slight effort to go look into them and when we saw them at the Queensland Art Gallery (see image below) they had small jets making the water move around and so the balls all slowly moved around the pool.
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There were lots of things with many, many dots on them (as Yayoi Kusama generally does), and there was the very cool Infinity Mirrored Room – Love Forever (see images below). The outside of the room was covered in mirrors and the whole of the inside was as well – the lights were on the ceiling. There were two little windows people could look into.
Paul looking in the Infinity Mirrored Room - Love Forever, at the Yayoi Kusama exhibition at the Victoria Miro Gallery, London, February 2008.
Above and below, Paul is looking into the Infinity Mirrored Room – Love Forever.
Paul looking in the Infinity Mirrored Room - Love Forever, at the Yayoi Kusama exhibition at the Victoria Miro Gallery, London, February 2008.
The Infinity Mirrored Room - Love Forever, at the Yayoi Kusama exhibition, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, February 2008.
The Infinity Mirrored Room - Love Forever, at the Yayoi Kusama exhibition, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, February 2008.
Paul, me, The Infinity Mirrored Room - Love Forever, and some silkscreens, at the Yayoi Kusama exhibition at the Victoria Miro Gallery, London, February 2008.
We have also seen another very cool infintiy room of Yayoi Kusama’s at the Asia Pacific Triennial of contemporary art in Brisbane, Australia.

After looking at Yayoi Kusama’s work, we looked at some photographs, film and an installation by Darren Almond. It was quite good, especially the wall of nearly 600 identical clocks (the wall was 18 clocks high and 32 clocks wide) and they were those old-fashioned digital clocks where the number falls down with a click each passing minute so it was quite loud and spectacular when they all did it at exactly the same time each minute.

Afterwards we went into town and had yummy dim sum at Ping Pong (I had a very good dessert too – deep-fried lychee bun and toasted almond ice cream).
My yummy dessert at Ping Pong: deep-fried lychee bun and toasted almond ice cream
We decided to get buses in to the gallery today (instead of the usual tube) and it was quite pleasant (even though we had to take four buses to get to the gallery in east London from where we live in West London). Apart from the freezing cold, I had a nice day out in London.

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One Response to Great art by Yayoi Kusama and Darren Almond

  1. Ellen says:

    I really like that first photo of Paul. The light is beautiful and he looks so peaceful.

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