On Sunday, W Magazine reposted a 2013 article of a project and image of the amazing Yayoi Kusama with the participation of George Clooney and I couldn’t resist posting it too. Enjoy!!
GEORGE CLOONEY: SPOT THE STAR
Through she knew a little about George Clooney, she decided to suit hip up in polka dots as well. “My idea is to send the message of ‘love forever’ to all the people in the world through the polka dots, which are all about the universe and human beings and living things. Your sex, being famous, being a star has nothing to do with it”.
by Diane Solway
In the late 60s Kusama’s celebrity rivaled that of Andy Warhol. A central figure on the New York avant-garde scene, Kusama was famous for delicately patterned abstract canvases, soft furniture with phalluses, and happenings in which she painted naked participants with her now signature polka dots. She also had her own clothing shop, where she sold her racy designs. But when the emotional issues that had plagued her since childhood proved overwhelming, she quit New York and entered a Tokyo psychiatric hospital, where she has resided ever since. And yet, she has never stopped producing bold, propulsive work that spans painting, sculpture fashion and installation, such as her mirrored infinity rooms, which surely reflect the cosmos of Kusama’s own imaginings. The sources for her celebrated polka-dot works, for example, are the hallucinations she first experienced as a child growing up in Japan during the war years. “Polka dots would cover my fingerprints to the top of my head, expanding to the whole room” says the artist. She adds:“I was terrified by these hallucinations so much so I had to tremble in the closet. However by painting these psychological complexes and fears repetitively. I was able to suppress and overcome all of them”. Early in her career Kusama commissioned photographs of herself with her work, in which she often dressed to blend in with the elaborately polka-dotted settings. “I’ll call it Kusama’s self-obliteration”, she says of an artistic philosophy that perhaps ironically, has put that self front and center.