Tag: Yayoi Kusama

  • Kusama: ‘Miss Naked Happening’

    1968 Village Voice by Ross Wetzsteon about Yayoi Kusama "Naked Happening"

    The Way of All Flesh: Stripping for Inaction I have seen the future — and it doesn’t work. According to a telegram which arrived at the office late Friday afternoon, “JAPANESE SCULPTRESS KUSAMA WILL STAGE A SPECTACULAR MASS NAK­ED HAPPENING AT THE GYM­NASIUM 420 EAST 71 STREET NEW YORK CITY AT 10 PM THIS FRIDAY […]


    In the late ’60s and early ’70s, publishers of pornography in New York teamed up with highbrow artists and writers to dodge the censors. The result: a range of tabloids and magazines featuring the scandalous work of well-known artists such as Andy Warhol, Dan Graham, John Chamberlain, Carolee Schneemann, Yoko Ono, and John Lennon. Screw […]


    The 80-year-old Yayoi Kusama, who has resided in a psychiatric hospital in Tokyo since the early ’70s, once again proved why she is the reigning queen of the Japanese art world when, in November—during an economic meltdown, no less—one of her first Infinity Net works (a large canvas covered in thick swirls of paint) sold […]

  • The First Days of Disco

    A Hard Day’s Night, rereleased this week at Film Forum, is hardly a great film. But as the movie that first projected the Beatles as something other than the lucky beneficiaries of a mindless teenage fad, it’s laden with cultural significance. To be specific, Richard Lester’s mock cinema verité account of a day and a […]

  • Natural Wonder

    You might not notice the large wooden duct that cuts horizontally through the project gallery and the office. But the staff has to duck under it all day. “I don’t know what we did to him to make him do this to us,” said one employee. “It’s a pain. But the real reason we work […]

  • Woman on the Verge

    Japanese physicists recently confirmed the physical mass of the neutrino, the tiniest particle ever discovered. The news rattled scientists around the globe; but if it reached her Tokyo studio, or the psychiatric hospital where she’s lived for over two decades, Yayoi Kusama probably wasn’t surprised. The Japanese artist has spent most of her 69 years […]