|Guidepost to the New Space, 2009|
Fairchild was proud to display sculptures from the aclaimed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama from December 2009 to May 2010.
Kusama's Flowers that Bloom at Midnight were on display in the Amphitheater and consisted of vividly painted, giant cast flowers measuring between five and sixteen feet in height. Several of Kusama's playful Pumpkins were also on display. The multi-part floating work Guidepost to the New Space, a series of rounded “humps” in fire-engine red with white polka dots, was displayed in Pandanus Lake. Kusama’s artificial garden unfolds in all its psychedelic glory, against the garden's backdrop of stately palms and fabulous flowers.
Kusma's works were on loan from Gagosian Gallery.
About the Artist
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. Kusama also produces playful sculpture on a monumental scale. Her first large-scale sculpture appeared in 1994, a huge, vivid yellow pumpkin covered with an optical spot pattern, which was installed at the end of a jetty on the island of Naoshima in the Seto Sea, Japan. She has since completed several major sculptural commissions—ensembles of huge, brightly hued, triffid-like plants and flowers—for public institutions in Japan and abroad including The Visionary Flowers (2002), Matsumoto City Museum of Art, Nagano, Japan; Tulipes de Shangri-La (2003), Eurolille, Lille, France; Tsumari in Bloom (2003) Matsudai-machi Higashikubiki-gun, Niigata, Japan; and The Hymn of Life: Tulips (2007), Beverly Hills City Council, Los Angeles.
Art at Fairchild is generously supported by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Lin Lougheed and Aaron I. Fleischman.