Sunday, November 19, 2017

Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrors and more wonders at The Broad in DTLA...

On Friday night I finally made it down to The Broad museum in Downtown L.A. to enjoy some spectacular art installations.

Infinity Mirrors by Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors The Broad
A good friend had managed to score six tickets to the in-demand art exhibition of the season, Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrors.
Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors Broad
After some negotiation with the ticket staff at The Broad, as our friend had been called away that week on business to Europe and we didn't realise he had to be there in person otherwise none of us would be allowed in, we finally got to experience the delights of the iconic Japanese artist.
Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors The Broad
The temporary exhibition was a spectacle of light, mirrors and soft sculpture and was really a revelation to behold.
Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors Broad
Regardless of what the photographic evidence may suggest, I didn't take too may photos in the mirrored rooms and tried to soak it all in first (which actually made taking snaps tricky as it was almost a blink and you'll miss it experience).
Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors Broad
By the time you shuffle into the rooms in twos or threes and get your bearings, it's almost time to come out again and let the long line of pole behind you in to take a look.
Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors Broad
I really wish there had been more time to just absorb the experience, especially with the light show rooms, they were incredible and over too quickly.
Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors Broad
In addition to the mirrored installations there really was some weird and wonderful art on display within this special retrospective of the artist's work.
Yayoi Kusama soft sculptures Broad
I have to say I'd like to see it all again, but getting these tickets seems slick a fluke in the first place, so maybe it'll have not be in another time or another city.
Yayoi Kusama art sculptures Broad
Like I said earlier this was the first time I've made it to The Broad which houses some of the private contemporary art collection Eli and Edythe Broad.

Balloon Dog (Blue) by Jeff Koons (1994-2000)
Jeff Koons Balloon Dog Blue Broad
We'd made a dinner reservation for after our Infinity Mirrors time slot at Otium beside the museum, so we didn't have that much time to look around upstairs, but we couldn't resist taking a gander at some of the amazing works like Jeff Koons giant mirror-polished stainless steel Balloon Dog.

Michael Jackson and Bubbles by Jeff Koons (1988)
Jeff Koons Michael Jackson Bubbles Broad
I was equally enamored and creeped out by this Jeff Koons sculpture of Michael Jackson and his pet chimp, Bubbles, who were immortalised in porcelain and gold paint.

Untitled (You are a very special person) by Barbara Kruger (1995)
Barbara Kruger Untitled You are a very special person Broad
Meanwhile this silkscreen on vinyl crown artwork by Barbara Kruger appealed to the queen in me.

Eat, Sleep and Drink by Richard Prince (1989)
Richard Prince Eat Sleep Drink Broad
And finally this acrylic and silkscreen on canvas work by Richard Prince summed up pretty much what I feel about politics at this moment in time.

This whirlwind trip through the permanent galleries has inspired me to book some tickets for a return visit when I can pursue them at my leisure in the daytime.

If you're lucky enough to make it to this special Infinity Mirrors presentation you're really in for a treat, just remember that the person who booked the tickets will need to be there with you in person, not may be, must be.

Always read the small print. Another life lesson learned...

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