I eventually got to see the Yayoi Kusama exhibition at the Tate Modern on Saturday. It's odd because although she is one of Japans best known living artists we have to thank the focus of Marc Jacobs ahead of a collaboration with Kusama and Louis Vuitton to launch in the Summer to really bring her into the public eye.
Although her early paintings are dark and a kind of naive gothic and Yasui lived a tortured life as many artists do whether struggling to be accepted in the art world or in another culture the overall mood of the exhibition was strangely uplifting.
Maybe it's because the exhibition builds into a crescendo of her most recent repetitive mark making and spot paintings.
There is no doubt it's one of the most recognisable elements of her work, the repetitive spot is a simple powerful statement. There is something about focusing on one simple object and really exploring and refining it.
I am all about S P O T S right now