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Kusama to Zwirner

Kusama in 1968. (Keystone Features/Getty Images)

Yayoi Kusama will join David Zwirner, The New York Times‘ Carol Vogel writes. Shortly after Art Basel Miami Beach last year, The Art Newspaper reported that she was parting ways with Gagosian Gallery. She had her first one-person show with the gallery in 2009. A recent profile of Mr. Gagosian in New York magazine said that a representative for the artist told the gallery last summer that she wanted to cease working together. In late December, the German newspaper Die Welt reported the widely circulating rumor that Ms. Kusama was set to join Zwirner in New York. And now the official word has arrived. Read More


Kusama Reportedly May Head to Zwirner, Singh Joins Metro Pictures, Kydd to Nicelle Beauchene

A Kusama display and wax figure at a Louis Vuitton store in Hong Kong. (Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images)

Last year was a wild one for relations between artists and their galleries. Numerous burgeoning talents signed up with major New York dealers; meanwhile, a handful of established relationships came to abrupt ends, with star players switching teams. There’s no sign things will slow down in 2013, with news of signings of closely watched emerging artists and a rumor that one more major arrangement is in the works. Read More


‘Oh No. The Midget’s an Undercover Cop': Kusama’s Long History With 14th Street

Hoagland's report on the 1968 happening reprinted in 'The Tuscaloosa News.' (Courtesy Google Books)

Earlier today, word came out that Yayoi Kusama will design netting for a condo construction site on West 14th Street, not far from the High Line. It goes up next week. It turns out that Ms. Kusama, who was born in Japan and lived in New York throughout the 1960s, until she moved back to Japan in 1973, has had a lengthy and rich relationship with 14th Street over the years. Read More

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Kusama Will Cover Condo Construction Site in Meatpacking With ‘Yellow Trees’

A rendering. (Courtesy DDG Partners)

Yayoi Kusama and her work have taken over New York this summer. The Whitney is hosting a retrospective of her work, Louis Vuitton stores are offering accessories with her trademark dots (as well as a creepy life-size wax model of the Japanese master) and her 2004 installation Guidepost to the New Space is on view in Hudson River Park, where Christopher Street ends, thanks to a collaboration between the park’s trust, Gagosian Gallery and the Whitney. Read More


Spot On: Between Louis Vuitton and the Internet, Yayoi Kusama Is Everywhere

(Courtesy the Whitney Museum)

It should be impossible to make a dull exhibition of work by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, a feisty 83-year-old whose scale-defying work—”infinity net” paintings, polka-dot installations, happenings, as well as dabblings in media, fashion and commerce—might play equally well in a closet and an arena. Yet the Whitney Museum has managed to put on a tepid retrospective: a dutiful and limited presentation of an artist who is larger than life. Read More