Get in line as Kusama lights up New York

Square-format paintings and an icy sculpture installation, scattered around the floor like puddles after the rain, are part of Yayoi Kusama: Every Day I Pray For Love, which runs till Dec 14. Yayoi Kusama's Dancing Lights That Flew Up To The Universe
Yayoi Kusama’s Dancing Lights That Flew Up To The Universe features suspended globes of light that illuminate a mirrored chamber, then in a flash, the white globes flash to red. PHOTO: NYTIMES
Square-format paintings and an icy sculpture installation, scattered around the floor like puddles after the rain, are part of Yayoi Kusama: Every Day I Pray For Love, which runs till Dec 14. Yayoi Kusama's Dancing Lights That Flew Up To The Universe
Square-format paintings and an icy sculpture installation, scattered around the floor like puddles after the rain, are part of Yayoi Kusama: Every Day I Pray For Love, which runs till Dec 14. PHOTO: NYTIMES

Admission is free, but expect to wait up to two hours to get into Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's newest Infinity room

NEW YORK • The Eiffel Tower or the Great Mosque of Mecca; the new iPhone or the latest Harry Potter book.

For some experiences, you just have to wait - and the exhibitions of Yayoi Kusama, the 90-year-old Japanese mastermind of obsessively dotted paintings, hallucinatory pumpkins and sometimes blandly decorative installations, have become the art world's equivalent of Star Wars premieres.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 13, 2019, with the headline 'Get in line as Kusama lights up New York'. Print Edition | Subscribe