Yayoi Kusama: Works from the 1950's
Flower (D.S.P.S.), 1954
gouache on paper 12 x 12 in

"One day I was looking at the red flower patterns of the tablecloth on a table, and when I looked up I saw the same pattern covering the ceiling, the windows and the walls, and finally all over the room, my body and the universe. I felt as if I had begun to self-obliterate, to revolve in the infinity of endless time and the absoluteness of space, and be reduced to nothingness. As I realized it was actually happening and not just in my imagination, I was frightened. I knew I had to run away lest I should be deprived of my life by the spell of the red flowers. I ran desperately up the stairs. The steps below me began to fall apart and I fell down the stairs straining my ankle." ---Yayoi Kusama

This exhibition coincided with Kusama's exhibition, Love Forever: Yayoi Kusama 1958-1958 July 9-Sept 22 '98 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.