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J’AI DÉCOUVERT ROCKAWAY BEACH À LA LECTURE DE M TRAIN DE PATTI SMITH IL Y A QUELQUES JOURS. ELLE RACONTE Y AVOIR ACHETÉ ALAMO, UN BUNGALOW DÉLABRÉ MAIS QUI « AVAIT SURVÉCU AU PREMIER GRAND OURAGAN (SANDY) DU VINGT ET UNIÈME SIÈCLE ».

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Dear readers,

last night exposed at Le Printemps pop-up store, one of the very limited edition (seven) signed and numbered of the gold pumpkin minaudière created by japanese artist Yayoï Kusama for Louis Vuitton and inspired by her previous sculptures (see below).

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Completely handmade with 85% of gold, 15% of resin and a lambskin lining, the minaudière has already been acquired by three collectors (respectively in Japan, Unites States and Taïwan) for… 100 000 euros.

Pictures at Le Printemps Haussman by Léticia Dargère

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Above Ms. Diane Kruger

A cocktail at the Withney Museum, New-York, july 2012

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Ms. Sofia Coppola

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Left: Jordi Constans, will replace Yves Carcelle in 2013 as CEO of Louis Vuitton

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Mr. André and Mr. Yves Carcelle, CEO of Louis Vuitton

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Meeting with Yayoi Kusama, New-Yorc City, july 10, 2012

Yayoi Kusama arrived in New-York in 1957. I’ve always been fascinated by accumulation and repetition in visual art. The works I selected here are my favorites, they are part of the exhibition set at the Whitney Museum.

From the « Infinity Nets » paintings to the « Accumulation » works (all shown below) you see the beginnings of the « dots », of the happenings and the « self-obliteration » concept. You imagine the struggle the artist had to do to make a living from her work (being an ‘outsider’, an artist and independant asian women in the seventies in NYC was not easy).

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I spent a lot of time contemplating these paintings below.

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NO.White A.Z 1958, 1959 and NO.A.B, 1959

These paintings (above) are part of « Infinity Nets » series, first exhibited in 1959 and first success of the artist in America and Europe.


Pacific Ocean, 1960

These large-scale paintings are iterations of the same gesture, obsessive and meditative, a subtle movement of the wrist.

Below, Kusama’s drawings and notes

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A letter from painter Georgia O’Keeffe admired by Yayoi Kusama


Adam Weinberg, director of the Withney museum (during the press conference)

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Above, David Kiehl, curator of the exhibition (during the press conference) and in the background M. Yves Carcelle

At the beginning of the sixties Yayoi Kusama began a new body of work, the Accumulation sculptures. The artist use her complexes and fear as subjects, the phallus or the industrially producted food (macaroni).

« I make them and make them, and then keep on making them, until i bury myself in the process. I call this ‘obliteration' » (Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Net)

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Phallic dress, c. 1968, Phallic handbag, c.1968 and Phallic shoe, c.1968

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Macaroni pants, 1968

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Untitled accumulation, 1963

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Flower overcoat, 1964

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Accumulation No. 2, 1962

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Air mail stickers, 1962

At the end of the sixties, Kusama is well exposed in the art world, but not fully accepted. The socio-political world was changing (think Vietnam, civil rights movements, the end of Swinging London, may 1968 protests in France), she must find a new way of keeping interest on her work. She started to make happenings and performative experimentation, perfectly connected with the rising hippie scene.

In 1969, Yayoi Kusama open a clothing boutique to sell her fashion designs. Most of the garment were covered with polka dots (remember the Louis Vuitton’s pop-up store?) or sexually daring.

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Kusama’s daring fashion


Naked performances

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In 1969, Kusama’s name became so connected with sex happenings and daring attitudes than her name was licensed to a pornographic tabloid, « Kusama Orgy ».

In the early 1970, über exposed, depressive and suffering from increasing pressure, Yayoi Kusama returned home and started a new era of works.

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Chers lecteurs,
some pictures of the Yayoi Kusama popup store in the Louis Vuitton’s shop based in SoHo, open especially for us that morning.

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Yayoi Kusama is watching you from the windows…

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Goodies !

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More goodies !

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more and more !

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I went downstairs…

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…and learn a bit about the various leather qualities used. Above the Antheia quality with embroidered Monogram pattern.

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Above the Mahina quality where the Monogram pattern is perforated.

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Pelayo (kate loves me) and Alexandra aka Lovelypepa (Fashionsalad) instagraming loud!

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Three angels: Alexandra, Angela (stylosophy) and Alessandra (littlesnobthing)

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Evenings bags during the cocktail at Whitney Museum, above the Rossmore MM

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The Slim suede coal

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The Altaïr clutch

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Yayoi Kusama pochette

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Louis Vuitton’s flagship and offices on 5th avenue completely covered with Yayoi Kusama design

Chers lecteurs,

during my stay in NYC for Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama various events, i’ve seen polka dots everywhere!

If we refer to Michel Pastoureau in his book The devil’s cloth, in western iconography, polka dots are always good instead of the stripes.

Polka dots almost expresses a certain solemnity or something magnificient and even sacred.

Polka dots is also feminity opposed to the stripes considered more masculine. The author said that « You rarely see a man wearing polka dotted underwears ».

An unpretentious review based upon the favorite theme of Yayoi Kusama.

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Pelayo Diaz from Kate Loves Me wearing polka dots shoes

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Clémence and her polka dots belt

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Inflatable polka dots in the courtyard of Whitney Museum

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Invasion of the flying polka dotted lamps inside the Whitney Museum

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Polka dots dress and shirt during the inauguration of Yayoi Kusama exhibition at the Whitney Musuem

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Clémence’s neclakce

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At Boqueria Soho, I also saw polka dots in the food !

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Even on buildings, here the front view of Hotel Maritime in Meatpacking district

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Polka dots on childbooks at the Metropolitan Museum

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Bangles and window at Marc Jacobs’ store in Greenwich village

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On road signs !

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And for men polka dots are allowed only on a (boring) tie…


or if you are less conventional, boldly wear the polka dots on a shirt. Meet this guy near Central Park.

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View from the Air France business lounge in the airport, i’ve just had time to pick up my iPhone and picture this polka-dotted mini bus!

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Yesterday at the Whitney Museum…

During the Yayoï Kusama opening, a young lady in total look Louis Vuitton pre-fall 2012 (twisted by the tatoos!) queuing before living the Fireflies on the water experience.


Yayoi Kusama – Fireflies on the water, 2002

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