Yayoi Kusama: A Letter to Georgia O’Keeffe

Featured11feb(feb 11)5:15 pm30jun(jun 30)5:15 pmYayoi Kusama: A Letter to Georgia O’KeeffeMarie Selby Botanical Gardens Downtown Sarasota campus, 1534 Mound St, Sarasota, FL 342365:15 pm - (june 30) 5:15 pm AreaSarasotaTypeArt,OngoingCostMembers:Free, Member guests:$11 Adults $26 Ages 5-17: $11, Ages 4 and under-Free

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Jean & Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Series

On view February 11 – June 30, 2024

Downtown Sarasota campus

Tropical Conservatory, Gardens, The Museum of Botany & the Arts

Kusama’s avant-garde works, particularly her mesmerizing infinity rooms and polka dot creations. Viewers are granted a front-row seat to her creative process and the impact of her work on the art world. “Kusama: also delves into the artist’s mental health struggles, inseparable from her art. Kusama’s battle with mental illness and her use of art as a form of therapy provides a poignant backdrop to her remarkable career.
In a world where the art industry often marginalizes female artists, it is a powerful testament to the indomitable spirit of Yayoi Kusama, who defied societal norms and paved the way for women in the art world. Her story inspires artists and is an enthralling tribute to her life’s work and enduring legacy.
In the mid-1950s, Yayoi Kusama was a young artist living in Japan, where her future was very uncertain. Seeking advice from a more established female artist, Kusama wrote to Georgia O’Keeffe, whose work she greatly admired but whom she had never met. To Kusama’s surprise, O’Keeffe responded, thus establishing a correspondence that gave the young Japanese artist the courage to move to America and pursue her career in New York City, which was then the center of the art world. Kusama’s decision, with O’Keeffe’s encouragement, forever changed the course of modern art history. This show will also explore how the work of both artists is rooted in nature.

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Time

February 11 (Sunday) 5:15 pm - June 30 (Sunday) 5:15 pm

Location

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Downtown Sarasota campus, 1534 Mound St, Sarasota, FL 34236

Cost

Members:Free, Member guests:$11 Adults $26 Ages 5-17: $11, Ages 4 and under-Free

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