Friday, 3 February 2012

Yayoi Kusama @ Louis Vuitton Bond Street Maison & SS12 Campaign by Steven Meisel

Yayoi Kusama exhibits at the Louis Vuitton Bond Street Maison

To celebrate Louis Vuitton’s support of Tate Modern’s exhibition: 
Yayoi Kusama,
Louis Vuitton announces a Yayoi Kusama display, 
curated shelf and new artwork in the Bond Street Maison.

Japan's most revered contemporary artist, Yayoi Kusama, 
has worked internationally for nearly 50 years, travelling from rural Japan to contemporary Tokyo via the New York art scene of the 60s and 70s. 
Much of Kusama’s work is marked with an obsession 
to escape from psychological trauma. 
Her obsession manifested in particular forms of all-over patterning 
which quickly became her trademark – the dot. 
Cathartic and hypnotic, applying the dot obliterates any form underneath. 
As well as her repeating dot patterns, her art also encompasses an astonishing variety of media: painting, drawing, sculpture, film, writing, performance, happenings and immersive installation.

In an attempt to share her experiences, 
she creates installations that immerse the viewer in her 
charged vision of endless dots and nets or infinitely mirrored space. 
Her 'environments' are dizzying large scale 
installations that wholly engage with the audience. 
A selection of her recent work, including film, installation and painting, 
is now exhibited in the Louis Vuitton Maison, New Bond Street, 
to complement the artist’s forthcoming retrospective at Tate Modern.

These works give a glimpse of the ‘enterprise’ that is the work of Kusama. 
Soaring Spirits, 2008 – a suspended mesh of delicate 
interlacing metal spheres - gives the illusion of floating in space. 
It reiterates Kusama’s preoccupation with a free mind while 
revealing an abyss of endlessly repeating self-portraits to the visitor.
Stars in the Universe, 2011, is a flatly painted monochrome field, 
which radiates with vibrant colour. 
On looking at her work from multiple viewpoints, 
the viewer can confuse flatness with depth and illusion, flux and disorientation, 
which are also expressions of Kusama's personal experience.
Also exhibited are two flower obsession films, 
which hint at Kusama’s character and history in more ways than one. 
Chosen by the artist herself to play on ideas of obsession, 
they also reference her father’s profession as a horticulturalist.

The Louis Vuitton New Bond Street Maison 
will be displaying these pieces until the summer.
Louis Vuitton is proud to support Yayoi Kusama at Tate Modern:
The exhibition will run from 9th February – 5th June 2012.

Here is a film on YouTube showing behind the scenes of
the Steven Meisel SS12 Campaign Shoot
While you are in Bond Street Maison
take a look at the bags and shoes and clothes
which are artworks in themselves.

check my post on the Louis Vuitton SS12 show

Louis Vuitton has always maintained a very close relationship with art.

for 155 years they have collaborated with the best engineers, 
decorators and artists.  
Marc Jacobs, artistic director since 1997, has given renewed 
impetus to Louis Vuitton’s ties with art by initiating partnerships with 
internationally renowned artists such as Stephen Sprouse, 
Takashi Murakami and Richard Prince, 
further strengthening the Maison’s commitment to 
developing the dialogue between luxury and contemporary art.

above Steven Meisel's images for the 
Louis Vuitton SS12 Campaign

Until next time J Xx

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