Yayoi Kusama Embellishes Philip Johnson’s Glass House with Red Polka Dots


Photography by Matthew Placek.

In a site-specific installation by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama titled “Dots Obsession – Alive, Seeking for Eternal Hope,” 1,200 red vinyl polka dots of various sizes have been affixed to Philip Johnson’s iconic Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut.



Peppered by the artist’s signature Pepsi-red spots, the structural severity of the semi-transparent modernist estate is dramatically disrupted by Kusama’s unique embellishment, which represents the first instance of an on-site installation that directly engages with the building’s surfaces, altering its views and casting circular shadows throughout the interior.



“We are honored to be working with Yayoi Kusama, an artist Philip Johnson both admired and collected,” said Irene Shum, curator and collections manager at the Glass House. “This exhibition playfully engages the entire site, creating a celebratory mood for Philip Johnson’s 110th birthday and the 10th year since the opening of this museum.”


Two other works by Kusama are also currently on view on the 50-acre property, creating a dialogue with the speckled house. A six-foot-tall steel sculpture, entitled “PUMPKIN,” can be viewed along the hillside meadow to the east of the home, while “Narcissus Garden” is situated to the west, featuring 1,300 reflective spheres floating on the pond.


Dots Obsession—Alive, Seeking for Eternal Hope” will be on view through September 26.

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