YAYOI KUSAMA “PRINCESS OF POLKA DOTS”

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yayoi kusama 10 in 1929 b 1929

Yayoi, b. 1929, Japan, troubled by horrifying dreams. Today she lives and works in the Seiwa Hospital for the Mentally Ill in Japan.

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Moved to the States in the 60’s, became part of the “Happenings” art scene, staged orgies. She was asexual and terrified of sex, but necked with artist Joseph Cornell.

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The soon to be Princess of Polka Dots had a fear of phallus fetish and worked them into her designs. Kusama was also considered a Pop artist.

 

She began with her polka dots on pumpkins.

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Yayoi’s installation art is huge. See her sitting beside her polka dot pumpkin above.

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Kusama began experimenting with new shapes and fashion.

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The Princess of Polka Dots began a collaboration with Louis Vuitton.

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The Princess of Polka dots uses her signature designs on Louis Vuitton store front in Tokyo.

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Store display collaboration with Louis Vuitton.

 

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Kusama  also moves her polka dots into water based environmental installations.

Here she is today, close to 90 years old, she remains a prolific artist, is hot on the auction block and has turned her fears and anxieties into an amazing creative endeavor. Once a national disgrace, She is  now a national treasure in Japan.

For more, visit http://www.yayoi-kusama.jp/