The David Zwirner Gallery hosts a stunning new exhibition of works by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama titled I Spend Each Day Embracing Flowers. The exhibition features new paintings, new sculptures, and a new Infinity Mirror Room. Presented across the gallery’s 519, 525, and 533 West 19th Street locations in New York, this show marks ten years since Kusama’s first solo show with David Zwirner in 2013 and will be one of her largest gallery exhibitions.
Yayoi Kusama shared the following message about her forthcoming exhibition:
I’ve Sung the Mind of Kusama Day by Day, a Song from the Heart. O Youth of Today, Let Us Sing Together a Song from the Heart of the Universe!
Kusama, undoubtedly one of the most influential artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, has seen her works soar to new heights in recent years, especially with the start of the Instagram era and her highly photographable Infinity Mirror Rooms. However, not to diminish the incredible body of work she has created over her highly influential career, including paintings, performances, room-size presentations, outdoor sculptural installations, literary works, films, fashion, design, and interventions within existing architectural structures.
The exhibition is named after three monumental flower sculptures, titled I Spend Each Day Embracing Flowers, which occupy 519 West 19th Street. The space invites the viewer to partake in a wholly immersive experience. At the opposite end of the exhibition, at 533 West 19th Street, three massive undulating pumpkin sculptures stand. The wall-like structures situate viewers in a space that envelops them in her famous polka dots.
The exhibition features thirty-six paintings, most of which are part of her recent series EVERY DAY I PRAY FOR LOVE (2021–present), and is on view alongside the Infinity Mirror Room at 525 West 19th Street. Titled Dreaming of Earth’s Sphericity, I Would Offer My Love (2023) is the new large Infinity Mirror Room that features round-coloured windows with openings that let in natural and artificial light that activate inside the immersive space.
The exhibition is from May 11–July 21, 2023, at 519, 525, and 533 West 19th Street, New York. If you’re in New York, make sure to visit.