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Art events: 'Yayoi Kusama: Love Is Calling' opens at Tampa Museum of Art and Carrie Jadus' cool blue nudes

© Yayoi Kusama
Published Sep. 28, 2018

Show Stopper: Love Is Calling

After months of anticipation, the Tampa Museum of Art is finally opening "Yayoi Kusama: Love Is Calling" on Friday. The exhibit, owned by the Vinik Family Foundation, transforms a gallery into one of the contemporary Japanese artist's mirrored Infinity Rooms. Colorful, tentacle-like soft sculptures adorned with Kusama's signature polka dots arise from the ground and hang from the ceiling, in a dark, mirrored room while an audio of the artist reciting a poem plays. While the installation is experiential, it's not interactive, so don't touch. But due to its undeniable Instagram-worthiness, photos are encouraged, just without flash. Because the experience will undoubtedly be popular but only a few people can enter the room at one time, tickets will be timed. The museum recommends buying them in advance online and suggests those with sensitivities to dark or enclosed spaces avoid the exhibit. There's a full page of things to know before you go at tampamuseum.org/kusama-faq.

As part of the programming for the exhibit, there will be a free screening on Oct. 16 of the newly-released documentary Kusama: Infinity at Tampa Theatre. On Nov. 28, the museum hosts a lecture with Mika Yoshitake, curator of the traveling retrospective exhibition "Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors." 120 W Gasparilla Plaza. (813) 421-8374. tampamuseum.org.

Cool Hues: Blue Nudes

Sublime is the word that fits Carrie Jadus' consecutive series of small painted nudes. These explorations of the human form are not only cool studies of gesture and body types, but they really pop off the particular shade of blue on which they're all painted. They were born after Jadus started painting rather than drawing during figure drawing sessions. She began prepping the backgrounds, searching for the perfect color to paint her figures on, and settled on this blue, which complements the pinky flesh tones. She also brings this blue into the figures themselves, very much like the Fauvist technique of using unexpected color in realist forms. An exhibit of Blue Nudes opens Friday at Soft Water Studios, with a reception from 6-8 p.m. 515 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. softwaterstudios.com.

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