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Yayoi Kusama: “Not a day goes by that I don't paint from morning to night”


EXCLUSIVE – The 93-year-old Japanese star of contemporary art is a well-kept mystery. While the Louis Vuitton campaign projects her into the public space, she answers us exclusively from her studio, nestled in a Tokyo hospital.

Yayoi Kusama is everywhere.

The most secret star of contemporary Japanese art has emerged in public space like the giantess of mythology, colossal and improbable, larger than life and oddly impassive.

In Paris, this supernatural creature has covered the Louis Vuitton building on the Champs-Élysées with its wing, seeming to watch the street and humans with its gaze.

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Infinity Mirrored Room, My Heart is Dancing into the Universe, 2018. Yayoi Kusama Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts Victoria Miro and David Zwimmer

Place Vendôme is a much smaller format that painted polka dots on the glass, behind the shop window, and which appeared so real that passers-by and cyclists stopped, taken aback.

“Is it a dream or a nightmare?”

wonders contemporary art, generally rather horrified to see

“an artist kidnapped by the luxury industry”.

As if money was not the sinews of war for all and its power, an old story.

This Kusama hurricane is in any case a phenomenon.

“Larger than Life”,

a huge Yayoi Kusama painted…

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Source: lefigaro

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