Exploring the City with Girlfriends – Marciano Art Foundation
Who doesn't love art What about full scale art? - Marciano Art Foundation
Well we were at it again exploring what Los Angeles has to offer. We heard that the famous and legendary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has an exhibit at the Marciano Art Foundation. So of course, true to form, we gassed up the car and headed over.
The Marciano Art Foundation is a non-profit arts foundation located on Wilshire Blvd down the road from LACMA, La Brea Tar Pits and many other fabulous cultural institutions in Los Angeles. It showcases some of the most unique pieces of modern art, artists well known and not so well known. The gallery is free to the public.
Little history of the building; It has more than 100,000 square feet of space to showcase works. The building was originally a Scottish Rite Masonic Temple designed by Millard Sheets in 1961 and was fully renovated and repurposed by Kulapat Yantrasast.
Now a little about the artist, and a must see exhibit. Yayoi Kusama, With All My Love for the Tulips, I Pray Forever, 2011
Yayoi Kusama was born in Matsumoto Japan in 1929. She studied in Kyoto before moving to New York City in late 1950s where she began her large-scale Infinity Net paintings and went on to three-dimensional works that would include works to fill an entire room. Walking through her work can take you into a magical world of space, awe and atmosphere. You feel part of the art, part of the creation; perhaps that is her intention. Her work includes installations of paintings, sculpture, film, fashion, performance and literary works.
In her work here she used fiberglass-reinforced plastic purposefully and carefully painted with the same red polka dots as the floor, ceiling, and walls. You have a very limited time in the space, and a limited number of people enter at a time which is well worth it. You can go in as many times as you would like, provided you wear the little booties they hand out and you don't touch one thing. Even if climbing on a tulip would be fun, it is art and art has rules.