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Yayoi Kusama
Japanese, 1929 -

Statue of Venus Obliterated by Infinity Nets, 1998
Japanese Sculpture and Painting
Acrylic on fiberglass and canvas
84 1/2 x 57 1/2 in. (214.6 x 146.1 cm), overall

Marion Stratton Gould Fund,  2013.20.1-2

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Yayoi Kusama is best known for her "infinity nets," which have been a lifelong obsession for the artist. She has described the nets-a single arc of paint repeated endlessly-as a manifestation of her self-obliteration in which she feels herself "dissolving and accumulating, proliferating and separating" into her art.

The MAG's Venus is number five from an edition of ten, each painted with a different pair of colors. For their original installation, Kusama placed ten life-sized reproductions of the Venus de Milo in a circle. She wrote, "The body of Venus, the paragon of physical beauty, disappeared among the nets."

A strong visual vibration is created by pairing the complementary colors of bright green and pink in the pattern. The disorienting optical experience that results enhances the sensation of the figure's, and the viewer's, dissolution into the relentless pattern.

[Summer 2015]