War, art and obsession: inside the intriguing life of the most popular artist in the world
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War, art and obsession: inside the intriguing life of the most popular artist in the world

Kusama: Infinity includes rare interview footage with the mysterious Japanese artist. Credit:Madman Films At 89 years old, Yayoi Kusama is officially the most popular artist in the world. In the past five years, more than five million visitors have queued at museums to see her stuffed phalluses and pumpkins, mirrored rooms and expanses of brightly coloured spots. She recently opened her own five-storey gallery in Tokyo. The artist herself, dressed like one of her installations in psychedelic spots and trademark red wig, is immediately recognisable. She no longer gives interviews, despite having always been quite keen to promote herself. She now doesn’t need to. Filmmaker Heather Lenz, left, and Yayoi Kusama.Credit:Madman Films Things were not ever thus, however, as Heather Lenz sets out to show in her documentary Kusama: Infinity . They were not thus even as recently as 2001, when Lenz first pitched the idea for this documentary to producers and was told, according to earlier interviews, that the idea was “too arty”, that nobody knew Kusama and that, anyway, nobody wanted to watch a film about a woman artist. “I was still earning my film degree and they had very detailed practical questions about which movie theatres […]

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