Artist Yayoi Kusama takes over NYC
Even though they’re a timeless pattern, polka dots are having a serious renaissance this summer, thanks to several outlets honoring avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama and her signature motif. Here’s how to get in on the action.
Whitney exhibit Following successful runs in Paris and London, the “Yayoi Kusama” retrospective has arrived at the Whitney and features a wide range of mediums from the Japanese artist’s repertoire--most notably her surrealist paintings and “happenings” photographs from her stint in New York City in the 1960s. On display through September 30; 945 Madison Ave. (at 75th St.); 212-570-3600 or whitney.org. Admission is $18.
Hudson River Park installation In conjunction with the Whitney exhibit, the Hudson River Park Trust and the Gagosian Gallery have teamed up to present Kusama’s acclaimed sculpture installation, Guidepost to the New Space (2004), which is free to the public. On display through the summer; Pier 45 (at Christopher St.).
Louis Vuitton collection The luxury goods line is no stranger to artist collaborations (having featured the likes of Richard Prince and Stephen Sprouse), so it only made sense that a Kusama-inspired collection would be released alongside the exhibition. Dozens of classic pieces--from trench coats and monogrammed bags to scarves and sunglasses--have been reinvented in her work’s likeness. 1 E. 57th St. (at Fifth Ave.); 212-758-8877 or louisvuittonkusama.com.