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5 Things We Learned About Yayoi Kusama From the New Documentary About Her Extraordinary Life
The new documentary illuminates Kusama’s creative genius and great ambition, as well as her struggles, over the years.
Today, Yayoi Kusama is an art-world superstar, with museum-goers around the world lining up for hours for the chance to take photographs of—and with—her mirrored Infinity Rooms and polka-dotted pumpkins. And yet, the Japanese artist has lived in a mental hospital since the 1970s, suggesting an unseen dark side to her colorful universe. As a new documentary reveals, the road to success was a long and winding one that tested the artist’s drive, resiliency, and, ultimately, her sanity.