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New Selby Gardens exhibition reveals connection between Kusama and Georgia O’Keeffe

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Selby Gardens new exhibition is on view at the downtown Sarasota Campus

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is set to unveil its latest masterpiece: Yayoi Kusama: A Letter to Georgia O’Keeffe, marking the eighth installment of the prestigious Jean & Alfred Goldstein Exhibition. This annual showcase delves into the profound connections between major artists and nature, offering visitors a captivating exploration of their artistic journeys.

Through June 30, 2024, at Selby Gardens’ vibrant Downtown Sarasota campus (1534 Mound Street), patrons will delve into the intriguing bond that blossomed between renowned artists Yayoi Kusama and Georgia O’Keeffe. The exhibition sheds light on their unexpected yet deeply influential mentor-mentee relationship, inviting guests to witness the transformative power of artistic camaraderie. This announcement adds yet another layer of excitement to Selby Gardens’ grand 50th anniversary season, promising an enriching cultural experience for all who attend.


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“Our 2024 Jean & Alfred Goldstein Exhibition celebrates the work of Yayoi Kusama, who has become one of the world’s most influential contemporary artists and cultural figures,” said Jennifer Rominiecki, president and CEO of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. “The exhibition will emphasize the meaningful connection between Kusama and fellow artist Georgia O’Keeffe, based on their personal correspondence at a critical point in Kusama’s artistic development. This show also will explore the ways in which the work of both artists is rooted in nature, befitting an art and horticultural experience set in botanical garden.”

Selby has been nominated for “Best Botanical Garden” in the United States through USA Today’s10BEST Readers’ Choice Awards. Nominees for the category were submitted by a panel of experts whereby Selby Gardens was selected as one of the final botanical garden nominations from around the country by 10Best editors, according to a release.

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Selby is nominated for Best Botanical Garden in America

Nominated for best botanical garden in America

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“We couldn’t be more excited and proud,” says Jennifer Rominiecki, president and CEO of Selby Gardens. “To be selected and recognized as one of the top botanical gardens in the nation is a true honor.  I must thank our supporters and those who nominated us in this competition.”

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