Art Show: Polka Dots Forever

Polka dot illustration by me

Polka dot illustration by me


“A polka-dot has the form of the sun, which is a symbol of the energy of the whole world and our living life, and also the form of the moon, which is calm. Round, soft, colorful, senseless and unknowing. Polka-dots become movement…Polka dots are a way to infinity."


Always a treat to see Yayoi Kusama's work in person. It's a nice reminder of not taking things too seriously especially in the midst of all the typical pre-Fashion Week hyperbole. I had the chance to experience a Yayoi collection before at the Centre Pompidou in Paris last Fall and at the Gagosian a few years ago, with the Infinity Room. So it was nice to see her work again here in my hometown at The Whitney, where I could take my time. Especially excited when I was able to get a ticket into her Fireflies on the Water installation (which was the best minute I've ever spent, anywhere).

If you can't be there when the museum opens to get a Fireflies ticket (and then wait for your time slot - but I didn't mind killing that time at Barneys) I highly recommend spending some time in the room with all of her correspondence and personal photographs. Her sketchbook with pencil drawings of peonies especially touched me.

Yay Yayoi!

ArtBernadette Marie