Yayoi Kusama is renowned throughout the world for her repetitive, rhythmic, and even hypnotic work with polka dot patterns. Throughout the years, she has assiduously covered paintings, drawings, sculptures, films and performances, creating gigantic installations where, in an attempt to share her psychological traumas and fears, she immerses the viewer in her obsessive vision of endless dots and nets or infinitely mirrored space. This year however, Kusama’s polka dots will also be covering some of the most fashionable items in the world: following a trip to Tokyo where he met the artist, Marc Jacobs decided to celebrate Kusama’s unique style in an extensive collection named “Infinity Dots collection” for the Louis Vuitton label.
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From up Mid July 2012, Louis Vuitton stores around the world will be in 'Dot Fever': When the “kusamesque” figure comes to life, the patterns ripple and lead the eye into a stroboscopic game. No middle, no beginning and no end: this hallucinatory proliferation will also be relayed in the Louis Vuitton windows worldwide decorated with emblematic motifs: biomorphic shaped “nerves” sculptures for windows named “BEGINNING OF THE UNIVERSE”; flowers entitled “ETERNAL BLOOMING FLOWERS IN MY MIND” and especially red polka dots on white background among which Kusama figures named “SELF-OBLITERATION” can be spotted.
For the artist, who sees her life as “a dot lost among millions of other dots”, this collaboration will allow her to spread her polka dots infinitely across the world and convey her message: “Love Forever”. “It enables her to increase her audience and that of contemporary art in general, concludes Marc Jacobs. The task Louis Vuitton has always set itself.” Louis Vuitton & Yayoi Kusama: A world premiere collaboration - enjoy some more insights on the official website of Louis Vuitton Infinitely Kusama for Louis Vuitton.
Yayoi Kusama: The Princess of the Polka Dot
The exhibition has been organised by Tate Modern in London in association with the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Yayoi Kusama's pioneering work spans over six decades and this exhibition will highlight the artists' moments of most intense innovation. this year Louis Vuitton wants to honour the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, with the 'Infinity Dots collection', and the Yayoi Kusama Retrospective starting July 11, 2012 at the New York Whitney Museum.
Kusama and Louis Vuitton will also collaborate for the first time on several artworks, which will be showcased in the Louis Vuitton New Bond Street Maison’s dedicated exhibition space.
'Yayoi Kusama Retrospective', July 12 - September 30, 2012, Whitney Museum, New York. This exhibition is organized in collaboration with Tate Modern, London and supported by Louis Vuitton.
About Yayoi Kusama - Well known for her use of dense patterns of polka dots and nets, as well as her intense, large -scale environments, Yayoi Kusama's art encompasses an astonishing variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, film, performance, and immersive installation. Born in Matsumoto, Japan in 1929, Kusama came to the U.S. in 1957 and quickly found herself at the epicenter of the 1960s avant-garde art world in New York. After achieving fame and notoriety with groundbreaking exhibitions, art happenings, and events, she returned to her native country in 1973 and is now Japan's most prominent contemporary artist. This retrospective features works across many mediums from the full chronology of Kusama's career.
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