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March 2018 / Diary / by Karen Heaney

Yayoi Kusama’s new exhibition

Yayoi Kusama: Small Pumpkin Paintings Until 1 Jun | Omer Tiroche Gallery

Avant-garde artist Kusama is best known for her provocative ‘happenings’ and hallucinatory paintings of loops and dots. So this intimate exhibition of small-scale paintings is an unexpected delight. Kusama’s family survived primarily off pumpkin dishes when she was a child – as the visual embodiment of her childhood and present psychological state, they are a form of self-portraiture. Viewed up close, you can see that these paintings are an amalgamation of two motifs she has revisited throughout her career: polka dots and infinity nets. Mesmerising.

21 Conduit Street, W1S (020 7499 5143; omertiroche.com)