Pumpkins in the infinity room

Yayoi Kusama is a contemporary Japanese artist famous for her installations and sculptures featuring repetitive dots, pumpkins, and mirrors. Born in 1929, Yayoi Kusama studied painting in Kyoto before moving to New York in 1958. She knew no one, and faced sexism, racism, and lack of recognition, despite creating some of the most pioneering artworks…

Floral Abundance at Newcastle Regional Art Gallery

Being a garden fanatic I’m liable to find fascinating and delightful things wherever I travel. So it was in Newcastle recently, when my sister urged me to see the exhibition showing at Newcastle Region Art Gallery, titled “FLORIBUNDA: from the collection”. Margaret Olley’s vivid cornflowers and marigolds. What a treat it was! A whole exhibition…

A thousand flowers, a unicorn and a lady

The lady and the unicorn tapestries were created in around 1500, as the Medieval world was being transformed by the Renaissance. The six tapestries are a superlative example of the Mille fleur (“thousand flowers”) style. I saw them at the Art Gallery of New South Wales last weekend, where they have been on loan from…