A photo of a balloon by Yayoi Kusama, titled Love Flies Up to the Sky, dated 2019.
A photo of a balloon by Yayoi Kusama, titled Love Flies Up to the Sky, dated 2019.
A photo of a balloon by Yayoi Kusama, titled Love Flies Up to the Sky, dated 2019.
Yayoi Kusama in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
New York
November 28, 2019

This Thanksgiving, Yayoi Kusama joins the legendary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®  in New York. On Thursday, November 28, 2019, Kusama’s LOVE FLIES UP TO THE SKY balloon will debut in the annual holiday spectacle in front of more than 3.5 million spectators and more than 50 million viewers nationwide, as the latest entry in the Parade’s Blue Sky Gallery series, which invites celebrated contemporary artists to contribute artworks to the high flying lineup.

The Love Flies Up to the Sky balloon was developed by the artist from face motifs that appear in her My Eternal Soul series of paintings—a body of work that she began in 2009. Vibrant and animated, the paintings embody Kusama’s innovative exploration of form and revolve around a tension between abstraction and figuration. The artist’s signature dots—which recur throughout her practice—also feature prominently in the Macy’s Parade balloon design.

Kusama's upcoming solo exhibition at the gallery, EVERY DAY I PRAY FOR LOVE, opens on Saturday, November 9, from 6–8 PM at 537 West 20th Street, New York. Be the first to receive updates, exclusive previews, and more, by subscribing to our newsletter

Image: Yayoi Kusama, LOVE FLIES UP TO THE SKY, 2019