For the limited-edition cover of Wallpaper's June issue, Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has drawn a 'message of love' on a photograph of herself.
Photographed in her own specially designed red-dot dress and standing next to one of her favourite works, With All My Love For The Tulips, I Pray Forever, Kusama has drawn a 'message of love to Wallpaper*'. The artwork itself is currently on display at the National Museum of Art, Osaka, where the Wallpaper* cover photo was taken. The full piece consists of three tulip sculptures, all covered in red dots on white to match the space in which they are showcased.
Kusama's Wallpaper* commission coincides with her retrospective at London's Tate Modern (until June 5), which will move to New York's Whitney Museum of American Art, sponsored by Louis Vuitton, on July 12. Three days later, the French fashion house will launch a ready-to-wear collection that has adopted two of Kusama's patterns. Windows in Louis Vuitton's 460 stores worldwide will have displays created by Kusama that resemble red and white spotted eels writhing under the sea.
Yayoi Kusama, now 83 years old, voluntarily lives in a psychiatric institution in Japan, from where she produces artworks in a variety of media. She has also published several novels, a poetry collection and an autobiography.
The limited-edition cover by Kusama is available to Wallpaper* subscribers and on newsstands in Japan. Wallpaper's June issue hits newsstands across the world from 10 May.