Yayoi Kusama at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

From Dec 5th, 2009 through May 30th, 2010.

The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden presents “Yayoi Kusama at Fairchild” as part of its annual visual arts program. The Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, known for her distinctive sculptures and paintings that involve hand-worked repetition and bold patterning, is exhibiting works from the exuberant new sculptural ensemble Flowers that Bloom at Midnight (2009), a group of her classic Pumpkins, as well as a multi-part floating work specifically conceived for one of Fairchild’s large garden ponds. This will be the first time anywhere in the world that all these sculptures have been shown together in an outdoor setting.

Flowers that Bloom at Midnight consists of vividly painted, giant cast flowers measuring between five and sixteen feet in height. These sinuous baroque forms provide a lively contrast with the monolithic Pumpkins. The multi-part floating work Guidepost to the New Space, a series of rounded “humps” in fire-engine red with white polka dots, protrude enigmatically from the water in a pond on the 83-acre garden. Thus Kusama’s artificial garden unfolds in all its psychedelic glory, against the exotic backdrop of Fairchild’s gardens with their equally rare and wondrous tropical vegetation. All sculptures in the exhibition are on loan from Gagosian Gallery.

Yayoi Kusama is one of the world’s leading artists and a living legend of the international art avant-garde. Flamboyant yet profound, her oeuvre encompasses unique masterpieces in painting, sculpture, and installation, as well as mass production and popular culture. “Yayoi Kusama at Fairchild” is part of an annual exhibition series in support of the Garden’s conservation work, educational outreach programs and commitment to cultural enhancement in South Florida.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road
Coral Gables, FL 33156
305.667.1651
www.fairchildgarden.org

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