b. 1929, Japan

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Yoshitomo Nara Becomes Most Expensive Japanese Artist as His 'Knife Behind Back' Sells for Record-Smashing HK$195m Related Press Yoshitomo Nara Becomes Most Expensive Japanese Artist as His 'Knife Behind Back' Sells for Record-Smashing HK$195m 14 October 2020, The Value

Yoshitomo Nara takes centre stage on the second day of Hong Kong auction week as his records were broken shortly one after another today. His installation art _Not Everything but/ Green House _was sol

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Yayoi Kusama’s Mesmerizing, Meditative Garden Related Press Yayoi Kusama’s Mesmerizing, Meditative Garden 13 July 2018, Hyperallergic

My most recent visit to the Rockaways was to experience Yayoi Kusama’s magnificent Narcissus Garden (1966–present) in a still intact if ramshackle former train repair facility, dating to the time wh

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1,500 Yayoi Kusama Mirror Balls Beckon Beachgoers to the Rockaways Related Press 1,500 Yayoi Kusama Mirror Balls Beckon Beachgoers to the Rockaways 22 June 2018, Hyperallergic

First presented by the artist as an unofficial project outside the Italian pavilion at the 1966 Venice Biennale, Narcissus Garden (1966) consists of 1,500 reflective orbs spread throughout a space.

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Yayoi Kusama’s ‘Narcissus Garden’ Is Coming to the Rockaways Related Press Yayoi Kusama’s ‘Narcissus Garden’ Is Coming to the Rockaways 18 June 2018, The New York Times

Art lovers and Instagram fanatics will both have a good reason to head to the Rockaways this summer: Yayoi Kusama's shimmering Narcissus Garden will be installed there starting July 1. The work is

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An alternative history of abstract art Related Press An alternative history of abstract art 25 May 2018, Apollo Magazine

Surface Work, a survey show of women abstract artists across Victoria Miro’s Mayfair and Wharf Road galleries, reveals an alternative history of how much women have already achieved. From the examp

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Surface Work review – women abstract artists dazzle in historic show Related Press Surface Work review – women abstract artists dazzle in historic show 15 April 2018, The Guardian

There are certain shows that change one's sense of art. Surface Work is one of them. Spread across two sites, it is nothing less than an anthology of abstract painting spanning an entire century, fr

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Hong Kong's Art Central Fair Won't Shy Away From Controversial Commentary Related Press Hong Kong's Art Central Fair Won't Shy Away From Controversial Commentary 28 February 2018, Forbes

Donald Trump will make an appearance of sorts at this year’s Art Central fair in Hong Kong. Visitors will find him in a 1930s-style living room hidden among the gallery booths filled with abstract pai

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A Yayoi Kusama Documentary Tracks a Life in Polka Dots Related Press A Yayoi Kusama Documentary Tracks a Life in Polka Dots 2 February 2018, Hyperallergic

Seventeen years in the making, the documentary Kusama - Infinity, which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival, witnesses Yayoi Kusama moving from obscurity in late 1950s New York City to i

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A new Tokyo museum designed by Kume Sekkei brings us closer to the art of Yayoi Kusama Related Press A new Tokyo museum designed by Kume Sekkei brings us closer to the art of Yayoi Kusama 23 November 2017, Wallpaper*

Glowing pumpkins, psychedelic polka dots and infinite mirror reflections: the grand dame of Japan's art world, Yayoi Kusama, has long been famed as the anti-queen of minimalism. So it might come as so

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Jakarta’s Museum Macan launches with exhibition of who’s who in Eastern and Western art Related Press Jakarta’s Museum Macan launches with exhibition of who’s who in Eastern and Western art 29 August 2017, Post Magazine

Chinese collectors have so quickly become a mainstay of the art market that it is easy to forget that wealthy Southeast Asian connoisseurs started buying contemporary art decades earlier.

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8 highlights from the inaugural Honolulu Biennial 2017 Related Press 8 highlights from the inaugural Honolulu Biennial 2017 5 April 2017, Art Radar Journal

The first edition of the Honolulu Biennial brings together 33 artists from the Pacific Islands, Asia and North America.

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ON THE ORIGIN OF ART Related Press ON THE ORIGIN OF ART 29 March 2017, ArtAsiaPacific

Like most private museums, Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is a reflection of the tastes of its founder—in this case the sex-and-death inclined David Walsh.

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Revamped Armory Show draws praise and crowds Related Press Revamped Armory Show draws praise and crowds 2 March 2017, The Art Newspaper

The Armory Show, opening to the public today and running through 5 March at Piers 92 and 94 on the west side of Manhattan, is the subject of scrutiny this year, the first fully under new executive dir

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Preview: The Armory Show 2017 – highlights from Africa, the Middle East and Asia Related Press Preview: The Armory Show 2017 – highlights from Africa, the Middle East and Asia 2 March 2017, Art Radar Journal

London gallery Victoria Miro will present a recent, 11-piece installation by Yayoi Kusama.

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How the Benesse Art Site Naoshima Revitalized a Cluster of Japanese Islands Related Press How the Benesse Art Site Naoshima Revitalized a Cluster of Japanese Islands 23 February 2017, Architectural Digest

The unlikely mecca for top artists—James Turrell, Yayoi Kusama, Walter De Maria—and their patrons is commanding global attention.

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How Yayoi Kusama, the ‘Infinity Mirrors’ visionary, channels mental illness into art Related Press How Yayoi Kusama, the ‘Infinity Mirrors’ visionary, channels mental illness into art 20 February 2017, The Washington Post

The young Kusama dealt with her hallucinations by drawing.

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The Unstoppable Yayoi Kusama Related Press The Unstoppable Yayoi Kusama 10 February 2017, The Wall Street Journal

At 87, with two new exhibitions, Yayoi Kusama is busier than ever.

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Interview with Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern Related Press Interview with Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern 31 January 2017, ArtAsiaPacific

Morris became the head of displays at Tate Modern in 2000, the year it opened in the converted Bankside Power Station on London’s Southbank, and became director of international art in 2006.

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Getting to grips with the nature of art at Mona Related Press Getting to grips with the nature of art at Mona 23 January 2017, Apollo

The key strength of ‘On the Origin of Art’ is the conflation between two typically anomalous worlds.

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Highlights from the seventh edition of Art Stage Singapore Related Press Highlights from the seventh edition of Art Stage Singapore 18 January 2017, The National

This year, 131 galleries from 27 countries exhibited, just over a third of them from Southeast Asia.

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Psychedelic Experimentation Related Press Psychedelic Experimentation 16 January 2017, Aesthetica

The psychedelic and experimental spirit of Yayoi Kusama is celebrated in a recent exhibition at Hirshhorn, Washington D.C.

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Piers 92 and 94 to Stand Out at the Armory Show Related Press Piers 92 and 94 to Stand Out at the Armory Show 12 January 2017, The New York Times

A constellation of polka-dot biomorphic sculptures by Yayoi Kusama will populate a 'town square' in the middle of Pier 94 and a word-based light sculpture by Ivan Navarro will respond kinetically to the noise level of visitor traffic near the entrance.

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ART BASEL'S 15 YEARS IN MIAMI: A LOOK BACK AT THE BEGINNING Related Press ART BASEL'S 15 YEARS IN MIAMI: A LOOK BACK AT THE BEGINNING 30 November 2016, Whitewall

The 15th edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach takes place from December 1–4 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. This year brings together 269 galleries from 29 countries—21 of which are new to the Miami Beach edition of the fair. The fair has expanded since its beginnings in 2002 to include curated sectors devoted to film, outdoor...

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Art as methodology Related Press Art as methodology 29 November 2016, Aesthetica Magazine

Why do we need art? How does it benefit us and why should artists be paid to contribute to society in this way? These questions have been a constant in the industry, with discussions of value, both monetary and psychologically. The Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania, puts these angles into conversation in their new exhibition On the Origin of...

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The Emperor's new museum Related Press The Emperor's new museum 8 November 2016, The New Yorker

"It's nice to come home to Shanghai,” the Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian told me one day in February, four months after gaining worldwide notoriety by spending a hundred and seventy million dollars on a painting by Amedeo Modigliani. We had just sat down in his office at the Long Museum West, one of two privately run art museums that...

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How a 'scream' of post-war Japanese art pioneered Modernism Related Press How a 'scream' of post-war Japanese art pioneered Modernism 31 October 2016, The Creators Project

These days, Japanese artists like Yayoi Kusama and Takashi Murakami pull big crowds and even bigger price tags, but it wasn’t always so. Vibrant though it was, the Japanese avant-garde was relatively unknown to Western audiences for most of the 20th century. This began to change in 1996 when scholar and author Alexandra Munroe, Senior Curator...

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'Protest:' visual autonomy Related Press 'Protest:' visual autonomy 27 October 2016, Aesthetica Magazine

Victoria Miro stages a group exhibition by artists concerned with socio-political issues of their day, who question the status quo and the power structures found within societies, and who take the language of protest as a means to explore its potency. Inspired by Alice Neel’s 1936 painting Nazis Murder Jews, the exhibition draws together new...

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'SHE': International women artists at Shanghai Long Museum West Bund Related Press 'SHE': International women artists at Shanghai Long Museum West Bund 26 September 2016, Art Radar Journal

Launched at the end of July 2016, SHE: International Women Artists Exhibition  at Shanghai Long Museum West Bund presents a collection of works by female artists that are, according to curator Wang Wei, 'gathered together not only by their gender, but also by the true creativity'. Exhibitions of women’s art have been...

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Power to... the art of protest Related Press Power to... the art of protest 19 September 2016, The Guardian

In repressive states, the role of the artist is unambiguous: to assert the individual imagination, the singular power that all dictatorships fear. I remember once talking to the Czech dissident and writer Ivan Klima, who had been subject both to the arbitrary horror of a Nazi concentration camp as a child and the long grinding years of Soviet...

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On the dot: Yayoi Kusama embellishes Philip Johnson's Glass House Related Press On the dot: Yayoi Kusama embellishes Philip Johnson's Glass House 7 September 2016, Wallpaper*

Infinitely obsessed is Yayoi Kusama with her Pepsi-red polka dots, which arrive this time to another site of obsession: Philip Johnson’s Glass House, the modernist estate that the pioneering architect spent years developing and cultivating in New Canaan, Connecticut. This summer, the beloved Japanese artist collaborated with the institution...

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Shanghai museum’s 'SHE' - a timely exploration of women’s art down the ages Related Press Shanghai museum’s 'SHE' - a timely exploration of women’s art down the ages 5 September 2016, South China Morning Post

With another woman British prime minister in power and the election of America’s first woman president a distinct possibility, the theme of the SHE  exhibition in Shanghai – a city known to raise strong women – feels timely. The cavernous space of the Long Museum features works by 105 woman artists from 13 countries and...

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The biggest art event Seattle has ever known just got bigger Related Press The biggest art event Seattle has ever known just got bigger 5 August 2016, The Stranger

Last year, even the birds showed up. Under the silent gaze of a few unticketed pigeons in the rafters of CenturyLink Field Event Center, 15,000 people swarmed the inaugural Seattle Art Fair, a network of 60 booths of paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos, and at least one virtual reality trip.

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Sonic spheres and 'phallic variations' at Art Basel Related Press Sonic spheres and 'phallic variations' at Art Basel 9 June 2016, Apollo Magazine

In a contemporary art world that often feels like one giant exitless fair, Art Basel (16–19 June) retains a special place. Distinguished by its longevity and serious-minded clientele, the fair is favoured by many galleries and continues to attract contemporary art’s aristocracy. This year sees the 47th edition, with 286 galleries from...

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Hirshhorn Museum announces Yayoi Kusama’s touring exhibition for 2017 Related Press Hirshhorn Museum announces Yayoi Kusama’s touring exhibition for 2017 10 May 2016, Blouin ArtInfo

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s first North American touring exhibition in two decades is scheduled to go on display at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. in February 2017. The exhibition, titled Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, will be a survey of the artist’s Infinity Mirror Rooms...

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Yayoi Kusama debuts vivid, whimsical work in Hawaii Related Press Yayoi Kusama debuts vivid, whimsical work in Hawaii 14 March 2016, The New York Times

In anticipation of next spring’s Honolulu Biennial — which will feature local and Indo-Pacific contemporary art — the Honolulu Biennial Foundation will present Yayoi Kusama’s first Hawaiian exhibition starting this week. The Tokyo-based artist’s Footprints of Life, a 15-piece installation of giant blob sculptures...

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The Armory Show 2016 – Highlights from Africa and Asia Related Press The Armory Show 2016 – Highlights from Africa and Asia 3 March 2016, Art Radar

Now in its 22nd year, The Armory Show has more than proved its indomitable status in the New York and international art scene. A study by economist Clare McAndrew recorded total sales of USD200 million over the fair’s five-day run last year, and the 65,000-strong footfall made it the second most-attended fair in the world after Art Basel...

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A new exhibition explores the art of performing for the camera Related Press A new exhibition explores the art of performing for the camera 3 March 2016, The Creators Project

Artistic images of protest, which today include both the avant-garde and selfies, demonstrate the relationship between performance art and photography in the Tate Modern’s new exhibit Performing for the Camera. From 19th century Paris to New York in the 70s, over 500 photographs are on display documenting the collaboration between the two...

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Honolulu Biennial in 2017 to spotlight local and international contemporary artists Related Press Honolulu Biennial in 2017 to spotlight local and international contemporary artists 23 February 2016, The New York Times

Hawaii has a population of more than 1.4 million people but not a single museum is dedicated to contemporary art, said Isabella Ellaheh Hughes, a co-founder of the first Honolulu Biennial, which will open in spring 2017. “We can both highlight our tremendous local talent as well as bring in national and international contemporary artists...

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Saatchi Gallery to show its first all-female art exhibition Related Press Saatchi Gallery to show its first all-female art exhibition 11 January 2016, The Guardian

It is best known for propelling previously niche artists such as Tracey Emin and Paula Rego into the mainstream. And now, as it prepares to mark its 30th anniversary, the Saatchi Gallery in London is set to get the art world talking again, with its first all-female exhibition. Champagne Life, which opens on 13 January, brings together the...

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ARTINTERNATIONAL gathers artists and galleries in Istanbul Related Press ARTINTERNATIONAL gathers artists and galleries in Istanbul 17 August 2015, 13 August 2015

World-renowned art fair ARTINTERNATIONAL, which will be held in Turkey for the first time this year, will host several art galleries and artists from around the world, among which are the Victoria Miro Art Gallery, Catalan painter Joan Miro, Alex Katz and many others. Founded in London in 1985 and one of the most important contemporary art...

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You Can Never Have Too Much of a Good Thing Related Press You Can Never Have Too Much of a Good Thing 13 July 2015, The Art Newspaper

This summer the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is showing Christian Marclay’s The Clock for the sixth time since it acquired the work in 2011. The audience response to the 24-hour collage of film clips has been “tremendous” says a spokeswoman for the institution, who adds that each screening attracts long queues. So what...

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Moscow’s Garage Museum opens with one eye on Soviet past, the other on the future Related Press Moscow’s Garage Museum opens with one eye on Soviet past, the other on the future 12 June 2015, The Art Newspaper

Dasha Zhukova’s Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow was unveiled to the press on Wednesday with a tour by the architect Rem Koolhaas, who explained how he preserved the Brutalist architecture of the Soviet-era building in Gorky Park that has been taken over by the institution.

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Yayoi Kusama 'Give Me Love' at David Zwirner, New York Related Press Yayoi Kusama 'Give Me Love' at David Zwirner, New York 17 May 2015, Oyster Magazine Online

Japanese cult artist Yayoi Kusama’s Give Me Love exhibition at David Zwirner Gallery is an interactive and transformative installation built for kids and adults alike. Adapted from her 2002 exhibition The Obliteration Room, the artist invites viewers to enter her bare, stark-white model home, and hand-apply multi-sized dot stickers to the...

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Yayoi Kusama Named World's Most Popular Artist in 2014 Related Press Yayoi Kusama Named World's Most Popular Artist in 2014 11 April 2015, The Guardian

According to a survey of museum attendance in 2014, the most popular artist in the world is a woman – Japan’s Yayoi Kusama. The artist, who is 86 and has lived voluntarily in a mental health institution in Tokyo since 1977, drew over 2 million people throughout South and Central America to a retrospective including her famous...

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Art Fair Tokyo 2015: Talion Gallery, Akio Nagasawa, Ota Fine Arts Related Press Art Fair Tokyo 2015: Talion Gallery, Akio Nagasawa, Ota Fine Arts 3 March 2015, Blouin Artinfo

Art Fair Tokyo’s tenth anniversary edition, set to open on March 20, will bring the fair’s focus back firmly on Japan, with special curated sections devoted to Mono-ha, the Rimpa school, and past Japanese representatives to the Venice Biennale.

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Guggenheim Abu Dhabi’s Seeing Through Light exhibition extended until March Related Press Guggenheim Abu Dhabi’s Seeing Through Light exhibition extended until March 1 February 2015, The National

The standout feature is the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled with the Brilliance of Life (2011). A walkway with water on either side leads visitors through a darkened space aglow with hundreds of twinkling lights dangling from the ceiling. Reflections in the mirrored walls and water give visitors the...

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Issey Miyake'S 50 Years Of Making Connections Related Press Issey Miyake'S 50 Years Of Making Connections 10 December 2014, Liza Foreman for The New York Times

Clothing, the word that the designer prefers to “fashion,” has been at the heart of Issey Miyake’s work since he established the Miyake Design Studio in 1970. “I am most interested in people and the human form,” Mr. Miyake said in an email interview. “Clothing is the closest thing to all humans.” But...

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Japanese Art After 1989 Related Press Japanese Art After 1989 22 November 2014, Asian Art Newspaper / 21 October 2014

CHRONICILING THE art of the Heisei era, which commenced in 1989 with the ascension of Emperor Akihito, this exhibition features major works by artists including Yayoi Kusama, Takashi Murakami, Yasumasa Morimura, Daido Moriyama, Yoshitomo Nara, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Yukinori Yanagi. The era coincides with the peak of the Japanese economic boom and...

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Yayoi Kusama: When I Wanted To Commit Suicide, My Doctor Encouraged Me To Paint More Related Press Yayoi Kusama: When I Wanted To Commit Suicide, My Doctor Encouraged Me To Paint More 25 October 2014, by Yayoi Kusama / The Telegraph / 23 October 2014

When I moved to America in 1957 I went to Seattle, but my dream was to have a solo show in New York. I arrived there in 1958, and compared to Seattle it was hell. I was all alone – very strange for a young Japanese girl. I spent all my time on my work and burned through the dollars I had. I lived in poverty, often painting furiously to...

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Logical Emotion: Contemporary Art From Japan In Switzerland Related Press Logical Emotion: Contemporary Art From Japan In Switzerland 6 October 2014, Haus Konstruktiv for Undo / 01 October 2014

In the year 2014, Japan and Switzerland celebrate 150 years of diplomatic relations between them. To mark this occasion, Museum Haus Konstruktiv is collaborating with the Japan Foundation to realize the exhibition project "Logical Emotion – Contemporary Art from Japan". On the basis of the constructivist-concrete and conceptual art...

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Post 1989 Japanese Art Survey Opens At Qagoma Related Press Post 1989 Japanese Art Survey Opens At Qagoma 4 September 2014, Darryl Wee for Artinfo / 03 September 2014

“We can make another future: Japanese art after 1989,” a sprawling survey of contemporary Japanese art curated by Reuben Keehan, opens at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) on September 6. This ambitious survey takes a retrospective look at key artists and tendencies from Japan’s Heisei era through a...

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Yayoi Kusama At 85: The Ideas Just Keep Coming Related Press Yayoi Kusama At 85: The Ideas Just Keep Coming 2 September 2014, Sophie Knight for The Telegraph / 31 August 2014

Yayoi Kusama’s studio is hidden down a back street in Tokyo, squashed between high-rise apartment blocks and creaky wooden houses. Signless, sealed with a heavy metal door and with walls of opaque glass blocks, it gives no clue as to what it houses – or that it might form one corner of Kusama’s universe, along with a new showroom...

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