The works are triumphant, humorous celebrations of potential, vulnerability and defiance — like Kusama herself, who at one moment, declares herself ‘‘an artistic revolutionary,’’ and then, the next, mumbles: ‘‘I am so afraid, all the time, of everything.’’
Her latest project is an ambitious series of paintings with whimsical motifs such as triangles and swirls, along with her trademark dots, in vibrant, almost fluorescent colors.
As Kusama worked on No. 196 in the series, the look of concentration was childlike yet fierce as she painted red dots inside white dots, one by one.
‘‘I want to create a thousand paintings, maybe two thousand paintings, as many as I can draw,’’ she said. ‘‘I will keep painting until I die.’’
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