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T oday the world’s best selling female artist, Yayoi Kusama’s art is made for reflection. Yayoi struggled in her very early years to find gallery representation, wielding in artistic circles at the time in New York City; she influenced artists like Claes Oldenburg, who mainly worked in hard materials; abruptly switched to fabric inspired by Kusama’s Accumulation No.1
Implied in Heather Lenz’ new documentary, “Kusama: Infinity”, Claes wife who sewed apologized directly to Kusama- for appropriating her art. Andy Warhol attended Yayoi Kusama’s solo exhibition in 1964 where the artist, Kusama took a picture of the boat and reproduced it a thousand times, papering the floors, walls, and ceilings of the gallery with the tiled image.
Shortly after Warhol showed his work of seemingly Yayoi Kusama inspired art ranging from covering walls and floors with printed photographs to the sudden use of repetition.
Yayoi Kusama’s influence had precedence in her early years but Kusama retreated, suicidal and depressed. It wasn't until years later she resurfaced in the 1980s gaining momentum and recognition for her art while still being institutionalized. Now today everyone knows her art for it’s instagramable profound immersive experiences and repetitive dots which in her words “are a way to infinity”. From being cast aside by the art world to sold out shows, Yayoi Kusama’s authenticity and commitment to her art propelled her from a rural town in Japan to being the world’s most celebrated female artist.
In her autobiographical book “Infinity Net”, Yayoi tells her extraordinary story of her determination to be an artist and how she came to create her own unique style of art through her struggle with mental illness and her obsession with bright colors, repetition and dots.
As a great admirer of Georgia O’Keefe, Yayoi wrote to her as a young artist in Japan, “I’m only on the first step of the long difficult life of being a painter. Will you kindly show me the way?” she asked.
She must have been elated when O’Keefe wrote back, even if it was to warn her that “In this country an artist has a hard time making a living.”
Determined, Yayoi showed her most iconic work of art at the Venice Biennale in 1966. She sold each of these mirror plastic balls off for a few dollars each until the authorities put a stop to it.
Art fans and critics flocked to Yayoi Kusama's “The Souls of Millions” instillation at The Broad museum this past season and her work has continued to draw the attention of the art world since she started her career in 60s when she was apart of the pop art and avant-garde scene in New York City.
Yayoi Kusamas ‘Narcissus garden’ inspired the silver spheres that are suspended in time and space, in our Armature Orion collection, reflecting and distorting the reality around us in smooth silver. Armature creative director story tells each of her collections in a lookbook, drawing inspiration from Kusama, Sara recreated her own infinity room, projecting Orion’s belt onto model Sasha Belyeavea.
Light weight and expertly cast hollow handcrafted sterling silver spheres are adorned with more than half a carat of raw gray diamonds. Our Orion collection has been worn by thought leaders like Janelle Monae and creatives like Carrie Underwood making it fit for out of this world talent.
Vogue were particularly taken by her look that evening, commenting on her choice of style which of course including our sterling silver design, alongside her striking Thome Browne houndstooth outfit and hat.
The Comet earring features 48 pavé gray diamonds on its single hanging single sphere and is truly an out-of-this-world jewelry piece. It looks best worn like Janelle chose to - on it’s own so it can take center stage.