Brooklyn-based art blog Hyperallergic recently linked to a video that is a perfect example of “those revelatory moments when visual art just blows our minds.” In the clip, a small child runs excitedly around an installation by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.

Says Hyperallergic,

Clearly this child is experiencing some of the more hallucinatory side effects of Kusama’s work. His dazed confusion is slowly overcome with excitement and joy, which is hopefully how we all feel when seeing great works of art.

Click here to watch the video, created by Flickr user Sanhelsington, on Hyperallergic.

Kusama’s Infinity Dots Mirrored Room (1996) is on permanent display at the Mattress Factory, a contemporary art museum located in Pittsburgh, USA.

Screenshot of 'The Dot Room' video, uploaded to Flickr by Sanhelsington and linked to at Hyperallergic.

Screenshot of 'The Dot Room' video, uploaded to Flickr by Sanhelsington and linked to at Hyperallergic.

More on Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929) has, according the biography on her official website, been painting with dots since the age of ten and has continued with this theme for her entire career. In 1957, she moved to the United States where she exhibited a number of large paintings and sculptures using mirrors and electric lights and staged a number of art-related events.

Upon her return to Japan in 1973 she exhibited in a number of major international art shows including the 45th Venice Biennale in 1993 and even won a literary award for a novel she wrote, called The Hustler’s Grotto of Christopher Street, published in 1983.

She moved into outdoor sculpture work in the early Nineties and around the same time started showing works in New York galleries. In 2008, a work by Kusama was sold at Christie’s New York for a record-setting US$5.1 million.


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By Brittney

Brittney is a writer, curator and contemporary art gallerist. Born in Singapore and based in New York City, Brittney maintains a deep interest in the contemporary art landscape of Southeast Asia. This is combined with an equally strong interest in contemporary art from the Asian diasporas, alongside the issues of identity, transmigration and global relations.

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