New Yorkers madly in love with all things Yayoi Kusama should head to the Louis Vuitton store at 1 East 57th Street by Fifth Avenue, where a life-like robot version of the iconic 93-year-old Japanese contemporary artist is currently painting her famous spots from inside of the shop’s window.
The gimmick is part of a larger partnership between Kusama and the luxury brand, one that has birthed over 450 pieces that range from bags to fragrances, plus a new pop-up space in the Meatpacking District.
The temporary store, located right across the street from the Whitney Museum, reminds of Kusama’s legendary Infinity Room Mirrors, with mirrored balls of different sizes found all over the space, which is also covered in the infinity dots that the artist is known for. The pop-up carries items from the new collection and will stay put through the end of April (a second drop of merchandise is scheduled for March).
Take a look at the Kusama robot right here:
But, there’s more: in addition to the automaton, the Louis Vuitton store in midtown pays homage to Kusama through a giant installation that decorates the front of the shop. The facade of the building, until now depicting a large Christmas tree in honor of the holidays, features a photo of Kusama holding onto one of the bags from the new collection while painting multi-colored dots. Clearly, there’s a theme.
This isn’t the first time that New Yorkers are treated to a collaboration between the art and fashion giants. In fact, back in 2012, Louis Vuitton sponsored the Kusama retrospective at the Whitney’s original location uptown.
If you’ve still got a Kusama itch to scratch, though, you might want to visit the new Grand Central Madison Terminal when it finally opens some time this or next month, where a giant mosaic by the artist will adorn the space.
Ex-Brit turned Manhattan resident since 2008.