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2011年11月22日


One Thousand Boats Show (1963)

Yayoi Kusama's steady ascent to art world domination continues apace in the new show recently opened in the South Wing of the Pompidou Centre, Paris. There is always lots of Kusama to see everywhere, and she recently also had the honour of a deeply interesting historical show about the 1960s at Tokyo's Watarium Museum (which I will write about as part of my ten days in Tokyo blog soon). But there hasn't been a full scholarly retrospective quite like this before in Europe, and the Pompidou Centre show surely represents another staging post in her rise to immortality.

The over 80 year old Kusama continues to be active and prolific. But in Paris, the emphasis is on a remarkable presentation of older work, beginning with a selection of her surrealist influenced works as a young woman before she went to New York. I thought these had all been destroyed, but whereas her style was not yet developed, she was already experimenting with abstract forms of auto-portraits based on circles, blobs and -- yes -- dots. This would lead her towards her first version of dots obsession that is here represented in an extraordinary room of original white on black Infinity Nets that have been compiled from collections all over Japan and the West. There is also her quite amazing 10 metre long rough piece that she cut from canvas by hand for a show at the Stephen Radich gallery in New York, 1961.

The following rooms plant us firmly in the high 60s. Her idea of mechanical repetition or aggregation can be seen as paralleling Andy Warhol's style while offering a consistent development on her own self-obliteration themes. There is, of course, considerable controversy on who influenced who in the artistic cauldron of New York in those days. Japanese art scholars, such as Midori Yoshimoto and Reiko Tomii have firmly argued that Kusama's innovations were picked up and made famous by male American artists, who subsequently became a lot more famous: Claes Oldbenburg, Andy Warhol, Lucas Samaras. This historical injustice contributed to Kusama's growing psychological fragility. The evidence for her case is presented again here. Her first installation -- of a while fabric stuffed boat against black reproductions -- is here recreated, as well as a whole corner of similar sculptures. At this point in time, Kusama was simply way ahead in her sense of what could be done with installation. Another corner documents her sixties' happenings and performances.


1960s sculptures displayed on a bed of macaroni

After a brief survey of her very troubled and much less original work from her suicidal phase in the 1970s after she returned, scorned and overlooked, to her native Japan and took up residence in a psychiatric hospital, the later rooms fill out the onward development once her place in history had been established by curators such as Akira Tatehata and David Elliott. There is familiar dots and mirrors installations here, as well as more sculptures and paintings. It all becomes a lot more seamless and corporate, but still her own self-exploitation is a convincing spin on the commercial tendencies of all pop-art during this period.

Only a couple of weeks in, and the small essay based catalogue had sold out already, bought up by crowds of Kusama ravenous Parisians who have clearly exceeeded in number any expectations the museum might have had. This history sensitive show will make it easier now to read and understand the full corpus of Kusama's work in its full six decade long context.

ADRIAN FAVELL
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