Yayoi Kusama's mirror rooms and polka-dot installations come to New York

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Yayoi Kusama exhibition at David Zwirner

Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirror Rooms and polka-dot installations come to New York City

David Zwirner Gallery is showing concurrent exhibitions of work by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, including her iconic fully-mirrored rooms and spotty spaces, in New York's Chelsea.

Yayoi Kusama exhibition at David Zwirner

The Festival of Life exhibition features iterations of some of the most recognisable work by Kusama, who is famous for her immersive installations created using mirrors, and her use of polka dots.

Yayoi Kusama exhibition at David Zwirner

Two versions of the artist's Infinity Mirror Rooms created this year have been installed in the David Zwirner Gallery in Chelsea: a technicolour space titled Longing for Eternity, and a dimly lit room with hanging steel balls named Let's Survive Forever.

Yayoi Kusama exhibition at David Zwirner

"In the former, miniature light bulbs in changing colours reveal a hexagonal pattern that is mirrored endlessly," said the gallery.

"The latter envelops the visitor inside a large mirrored room with stainless steel balls suspended from the ceiling and arranged on the floor; an enclosed column within the room offers yet another mirrored environment accessible through peepholes."

Yayoi Kusama exhibition at David Zwirner

The Infinity Mirror Rooms have been touring internationally, with others in the series also currently on display at The Broad in Los Angeles, where a 30-second "selfie rule" is imposed to prevent congestion from Instagrammers.

Yayoi Kusama exhibition at David Zwirner

David Zwirner's space at 525 West 19th Street is also presenting a white room with red dots designed by Kusama in 2011, called With All My Love For The Tulips, I Pray Forever.

She applied similar red dots to the exterior of Philip Johnson's Glass House in Connecticut in September 2016.

Yayoi Kusama exhibition at David Zwirner

A large collection of Kusama's paintings and varieties of her stainless steel flower sculptures can be found next door, at 533 West 19th Street.

Yayoi Kusama exhibition at David Zwirner

Meanwhile, her Infinity Nets are on display at the David Zwirner space on the Upper East Side, 34 East 69th Street. The nets are meticulously painted and applied to solid coloured backgrounds, and are the latest in a series that Kusama began in New York in the 1950s.

Yayoi Kusama exhibition at David Zwirner

All of the installations will be on display from 2 November until 16 December 2017.

The Japanese artist, 88, works in a studio near a Tokyo psychiatric facility where she has lived voluntarily since 1977. She says her artwork is influenced by visual and auditory hallucinations she has experienced since a young age.

Kusama's life and career was recently illustrated for a children's book.