Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama
September 23 – December 9, 2017
Public opening: Friday, September 22, 2017 6:00-8:00pm
Public hours: Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays 1:00-5:30pm

 

Judd Foundation is pleased to present an exhibition of four paintings by Yayoi Kusama on the ground floor of 101 Spring Street in New York. The ground floor installation will be free and open to the public on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday afternoons from September 23 through December 9, 2017.

Donald Judd was a friend and advocate of Kusama’s early work in the Infinity Net series, writing as a critic for ARTnews, “Yayoi Kusama is an original painter. The five white, very large paintings [presented at the artist-run Brata Gallery in 1959] are strong, advanced in concept and realized.” The artists lived in the same building in the early 1960s, where Kusama constructed her first sculptural installations at the same time that Judd constructed his. The two artists maintained continued correspondence over the next two decades with Judd to visit Kusama while in Japan for an exhibition at Galerie Watari in February of 1978. Judd later installed an early ceramic work by Kusama, a gift from the artist, in his library at La Mansana de Chinati/The Block in Marfa, Texas. An exhibition of Kusama’s work at 101 Spring Street was discussed in letters between the artist’s studios in the 1980s, though not realized until now.

Curated by Flavin Judd, the exhibition at 101 Spring Street includes recent and new works from the artist’s ongoing Infinity Net series.

Yayoi Kusama is made possible with support from David Zwirner, New York and Ota Fine Arts, Toyko/Sinagpore/Shanghai.


Public Programs

The exhibit will be accompanied by a series of public programs that explore Judd’s relationship with his contemporaries in New York from the 1960s through the 1980s. All events are free and open to the public. Tickets will be released in late September.

Matthew Levy and David Novros
Monday, October 16
6:30pm
Open viewing of floor two beginning at 6:00pm
101 Spring Street, New York, NY

Jack Flam and Judith Stein
Monday, October 23
6:30pm
101 Spring Street, New York, NY

Julie Finch, Roberta Gratz, and Robert Hammond
Artists Against the Expressway
October 25
6:30pm
101 Spring Street, New York, NY

Lynn Zelevansky
Monday, October 30
6:30pm
101 Spring Street, New York, NY

Susan Rosenberg
November 6
6:30pm
101 Spring Street, New York, NY

Further information is available on the programs page.

 

Image: Yayoi Kusama, INFINITY-NETS [AAKN], 2016, acrylic on canvas, 63 3/4 x 63 3/4 inches, 161 x 162.6 cm. © Yayoi Kusama. Courtesy of David Zwirner, New York; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo / Singapore; Victoria Miro, London; YAYOI KUSAMA Inc.