Text by Rachel Taylor
Kusama's White Infinity Net paintings are recognized as some of the most compelling works of her extraordinary oeuvre. The artist has always worked serially, but her periodic return to the white Infinity Nets is something else: it is as if from time to time she is compelled to re-immerse herself in this body of work, representing as it does the purest expression of her artistic manifesto. This exhibition both in its scale and focussed presentation will completely surround the viewer with white Infinity Nets in an echo of some of her earliest solo shows in America from the 50s and 60s.
One of the most revered artists of her generation, Kusama is known for a rich and diverse artistic oeuvre, which includes painting, sculpture, printmaking, installation, film, and performance. Although her practice resists singular characterization the Infinity Nets have strong associations with several major post-war artistic movements. In the United States, Infinity Net paintings have been contextualised with Minimal and Op painting. Their gestural surfaces also ally them with the work of artists affiliated with Post-Minimalism. In Europe, early Infinity Nets were shown alongside, and discussed in relation to, work by artists in the Zero and Nul movements. Despite their historical resonances, however, the Infinity Nets are not historical artifacts. As this new group of work demonstrates, the paintings remain contemporary and relevant, continuing to engage and enthrall viewers in the artist's ninth decade.