I have been aware of artist Yayoi Kusama for a number of years, though I've never seen any of her work in person. And this month I missed another chance to see what promises to be an amazing exhibit of her work at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Artists recognized the playful potential of dots as early as the 1960s, when painters like Kusama, "begin embracing the abstract pattern as a visual object in its own right," according to an Artsy essay about the history of polka dots by Katy Kelleher.
"For Kusama, the polka dot became a potent symbol and a reoccuring decorative motif, and while she does use figurative elements in her work, some of her most striking installations rely solely on outsized spots to create a sense of joyful displacement."
These first two images show how the Cleveland Museum of Art announced Kusama's exhibit in the area surrounding their building.
Inside the museum, the staff was just beginning to install Kusama's work so we got a sense of what visitors would see.
Part of the museum was blocked off while the crew was working.
But no matter where we went, we found ourselves engaging with Kusama's big polka-dotted spheres.
The color and scale were dramatic . . .
making those huge globes absolutely mesmerizing.
Again and again we met up with them.
In the Atrium or in the galleries, we could not stop staring at them.
We weren't the only ones.