Yayoi Kusama’s Love Dots

When I saw the pictures of Yayoi Kusama’s artwork in the paper about her upcoming exhibition at the Hirshhorn museum, I recalled one of the first posts I had written on Art Is Everywhere. It happened to be her polka dot artwork in the art exhibit “Happenings.” She loves dots and uses them with mirrors, along with and on pumpkins. The exhibit is supposed to be a sensory explosion. The Hirshhorn anticipates it being a blockbuster show and is giving out free timed passes. The artist is 87 years old and still causing quite a stir with dots — just in time to enjoy for Valentine’s Day during this month of love.

Yayoi Kusama Hirshhorn exhibit on AIE Yayoi Kusama Obliteration Room on AIE Yayoi Kusama Obliteration of Eternity on AIE Yayoi Kusam Infinity Mirrors on AIE Yayoi Kusama pumpkin sculpture on AIE Yayoi Kusama love dot gourds on Art Is Everywhere

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Flowers in Abundance

Art in Bloom can also be seen in the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA’s) exhibit pairing flower arrangements as art in front of paintings from which they were inspired. The exhibit is appropriately called Art in Bloom.

Here are just a couple of examples, one with my favorite painting at NOMA.

27-art-bird-of-paradisej. PHOTOS BY JOHN MCCUSKER, Times Picayune

Still Life With Box’ by artist Jean Metzinger is paired with an arrangement by the Junior League of New Orleans Garden Club; it was the second-place winner. — Times Picayune

27-art-angels. PHOTOS BY JOHN MCCUSKER / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE

The Acres of Green Garden Club won the competition with its arrangement paired with ‘Whisperings of Love’ by William Adolphe Bouguereau. — Times Picayune

As NOMA communications director Grace Wilson noted, speaking about them all:

“The placement of each leaf and flower is like a brush stroke.” — Times Picayune

Interesting to note that you have to be “licensed” to be a flower arranger/florist in New Orleans.