The Japanese Dame of Avant Garde - Yayoi Kusama

Walking home from Pilates last night, I came across the Louis Vuitton store in Sloane Street with Kusama dolls and inspired dotty shoe designs in the window.

I went to the Kusama exhibition at the Tate Modern a couple of months ago and was fascinated by her crazy but brilliant art and her personal story.

The nine decades of Yayoi Kusama’s life have taken her from rural Japan to the New York art scene to contemporary Tokyo. As Japan's most prominent contemporary artist, she has spent the past 40+ years as a permanent resident at Seiwa hospital for the Mentally Ill.

Having lived in Japan myself, I am fascinated at how she managed to flit between the two different worlds of conservative rural Japan and liberal New York. I find her work inspiring, fun, colourful, disturbing, fascinating, morbid and curious.

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