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A Prefab House Becomes Interactive Art in Yayoi Kusama's 'Obliteration Room'

All photos © Yayoi Kusama, courtesy of KUSAMA Enterprises, Ota Fine Arts Tokyo / Singapore and David Zwirner, New York
All photos © Yayoi Kusama, courtesy of KUSAMA Enterprises, Ota Fine Arts Tokyo / Singapore and David Zwirner, New York

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's work ranges from painting to sculpture, minimalist to Pop, but polka dots are certainly her signature mark. Now the American public can participate in the fun: Kusama's The Obliteration Room, where visitors are invited to leave their own designs using polka dot stickers, has arrived in the U.S. for the first time, at New York's David Zwirner Gallery.

This harks back to Kusama's Self-Obliteration acts in the 1960s when the now-86-year-old artist would cover herself and others in dots, removing all visible traces of what lay underneath. Now, in its 2015 iteration, visitors are invited into a prefabricated suburban house with an all-white interior for multihued mayhem. The prefab residence, complete with plastic deck chairs and an American flag outside, is on display (and awaiting more dots) until June 13. The Room is part of a larger exhibition of paintings and sculptures at the gallery titled Give Me Love.


Yayoi Kusama / Give Me Love [David Zwirner]
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