You probably know the work of Japanese conceptual artist Yayoi Kusama, especially if you have a friend in either L.A. or New York who tends toward the dramatic in their Instagram curation.
Kusama's dazzling installations, including the jaw-dropping "Infinity Mirrored Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away" — which looks like space, if space were condensed into a very small gallery room and experienced by only one person at a time — are tailor-made for the shoot-and-share generation.
This belies Kusama's tremendous output over seven decades (she's now 87 and began drawing her signature polka dots as a pre-adolescent) and an eclectic range of media: one piece involved a public offer of sex to Richard Nixon, if he could be persuaded to put an end to the Vietnam War (“Let’s forget ourselves, dearest Richard,” she wrote, “and become one with the Absolute, all together in the altogether.”)
And now, today, good news comes for fans of Kusama who live outside the two cities mentioned above. Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors will debut at the Hirschorn Museum in D.C. in February, followed by appearances at the Seattle Art Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Cleveland Museum of Art and then the Broad in L.A.
For a preview, check out five of our favorite Instagrams of her work below.