The AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) has the first million in the bank, and is looking to crowdfund the second between now and December 1st.Why spend so much on one art installation? This past spring YAYOI KUSAMA’s touring exhibition was a hit, attracting 165,000 patrons, long lineups and unprecedented demand for tickets. Each visitor was allowed only 20 seconds to take in the mirrored rooms, then was moved on allowing others to have a peek.“KUSAMA transcends nationality. She’s more than just a Japanese artist, she’s a global one,” said STEPHAN JOST, director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Ontario. “My thought is, if this is successful, we should do (crowdfunding for) a Canadian artist as well.” There are currently 18 museums around the world with Kusama rooms.The Toronto Star wonders if “TORONTO won’t be stuck with the artistic pop art equivalent of a Cabbage Patch Doll”.
In 1966 LUCAS SAMARAS unveiled ‘Room #2’, one of the earliest art installations that viewers could enter and experience mirrored infinity <PHOTO BELOW>. The original can be found about 85 miles from TORONTO in BUFFALO, New York. It’s in the permanent collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and has always been on display whenever I visited.Everything old is new again.