Some spring fever, courtesy of famous avante-garde artist Yayoi Kusama.
Happy Birthday Yayoi
“…a polka-dot has the form of the sun, which is a symbol of the energy of the whole world and our living life, and also the form of the moon, which is calm. Round, soft, colorful, senseless and unknowing. Polka-dots become movement… Polka dots are a way to infinity.” -Yayoi Kusama
Painter, sculptor, and filmmaker Yayoi Kusama celebrates her 84th birthday today! Born in Matsumoto City, the famously provocative avant-garde artist is best known for her works featuring psychedelic imagery that evoke themes of psychology, feminism, obsession, sex, and intense self-reflection.
Famed avante-garde Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b.1929) combined three of her most iconic subjects—the infinity nets pattern, polka-dots, and flowers—to create this beautiful silkscreen print.
Browse more artwork by Yayoi Kusama.
Kusama to Zwirner
It has been rumored for a while that Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama may leave Gagosian for David Zwirner Gallery, and now its been made official.
Kusama posted a statement on her website saying that she and the Gagosian Gallery had “reached an amicable decision to end their partnership.”
Be prepared for an exhibition of her new work at Zwirner’s 19th Street gallery in Chelsea this fall!
Choo & Pruitt
After Yayoi Kusama and Louis Vuitton, here’s another art and fashion collaboration: Rob Pruitt and Jimmy Choo.
Leopard-print patent leather wallets, zebra-patterned high heels, and US$15,000 limited-edition panda clutches decorated with Swarovski crystals are all part of American artist Rob Pruitt’s new designs for cult brand Jimmy Choo.
Hirst, Koons, and Kusama
Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is the latest artist in the process of leaving Gagosian Gallery. This is the third defection to rock Gagosian within a few weeks, with Damien Hirst also leaving the gallery after 17 years.
In the wake of these stories, we used artnet Analytics to compare the growth of these artists since 2004.
Yayoi & Alice
Here’s an idea for a fabulous and unconventional holiday gift: Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with artwork by artist Yayoi Kusama!
Since childhood, Kusama has been afflicted with a condition that makes her see spots. The surreal way in which she sees the world is a perfect match for the ‘Wonderland of Alice!’
The classic book is color illustrated with a clothbound jacket, and produced to very high specification, with Kusama’s images interspersed throughout the text.
Browse our special sale, The Art Of Yayoi Kusama, on artnet Auctions.
We’re excited to feature The Art of Yayoi Kusama, a special sale on artnet Auctions that is live for bidding until December 13, 2012.
The auction offers a curated selection of paintings, photographs, and sculptures that celebrate the diversity and dynamism of the famously provocative Japanese avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama!
Pictured is Kusama’s Pumpkin (2000). Browse The Art Of Yayoi Kusama on artnet Auctions.
The Art of Chess
“From my close contact with artists and chess players I have come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists.” -Marcel Duchamp
The Saatchi Gallery is showing Art of Chess, whichbrings together 16 chess sets designed by some of the world’s leading Contemporary artists, such as Barbara Kruger, Yayoi Kusama, and Maurizio Cattelan!
The Art Of Chess, which runs from September 8 to October 3, 2012, celebrates the ‘game of kings’ and its continued relevance to the creative arts.
Flower Basket By Kusama
Currently the subject of a major retrospective at the Whitney until Sept 30th, 2012, famously provocative Japanese avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama is also getting a lot of attention thanks to her collaboration with Louis Vuitton.
Kusama Decorates Condominium
According to The Wall Street Journal, a striking bumble bee-colored contemporary work by Kusama will serve as netting for a condominium construction site in the Meatpacking district starting this week.
Close & Kusama
Facts About Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi Kusama’s life has taken her from rural Japan to the New York art scene to contemporary Tokyo. Famed for her dot patterns, Kusama’s art encompasses a broad variety of media, including painting, sculpture, film, and installations.
Have a look at a few facts about Yayoi Kusama, courtesy of artnet Analytics:
- Her highest sale price was achieved in 2008 when her work No. 2 (1959) sold for US$5,794,500 at Christie’s New York.
- This year, her work Infinity-nets whxotlo sold for US$1,557,690 at SBI Art Auction, Tokyo. This is her 4th highest selling work to date.
Yayoi Kusama & Louis Vuitton
Artist Yayoi Kusama’s playful and cheeky collection for Louis Vuitton hits stores July 11, 2012. The collaboration features Kusama’s signature bold spots, which cover every item, from bags to dresses and shoes!
Kusama At The Whitney
Yayoi Kusama sculptures in our lobby in advance of the opening of her retrospective this Thursday.