David Hawkins / Painting of the Week

Painting of the Week: 22

Mushrooms-Aown

Yayoi Kusama (1929 – ), Mushrooms Aown, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 97 x 130 cm, Victoria Miro Gallery.

The Japanese poet Kazuko Shiraishi once said: ‘I wanted to pour milk onto poetry, and if possible I wanted it to be strawberry milk’. It feels in many ways as if her compatriot Yayoi Kusama has been doing a similar thing for the visual arts. These wondrous fungal forms attest to her unique vision of a world psychedic by its own nature: we do not need to consume the mushrooms, to observe them is enough. DH

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