Yayoi Kusama | at the Phillip Johnson Glass House

The Yayoi Kusama exhibition, Dots Obsession – Alive, Seeking for Eternal Hope, opened earlier this month at The Glass House and soon is today was honoured to be invited. This is only one part of a greater exhibition where one of the artist’s signature infinity rooms will be paired with the architecture of Phillip Johnson.

The first time I came across Kusama-san was in 2008 at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, it was a revelatory experience, both about myself and the art world. I had come across something that I believed to be new, as if I could have known all the art that existed, Kusama however has been a prolific artist since the 60s and I was very much behind on the times.

We here in the Northeast of the United States are lucky enough to be within driving distance of the Narcissus Garden (Open until November 30) at the Glass House. This merging of midcentury architecture, where building began in 1949 under the watchful eye of Phillip Johnson, and contemporary art, Kusama last exhibited this piece at the Venice Biennale in 1966, cannot be missed. While one still has the chance we here at soonistoday cannot recommend it enough.

We were fortunate enough to cover the press opening for the launch of the exhibition with our friends over at Melting Butter. Peep our images below….


Exterior of the glass house covered in Kusama’s dots – photography by jj jimenez
A look from the inside out
A cookie portrait Yayoi Kusama’s by Burrow patissier in Dumbo brooklyn
The PUMPKIN sculpture on top of the hillside
The grounds at the glass house and the lady in red
Narcissus Garden, comprising 1,300 floating steel spheres
Our amazing host Jenny Nguyen, founder of The Melting Butter – Thanks Jenny !!