Everybody Needs a Little Limitation: The Dotty Art of Yayoi Kusama

In 2008, a painting by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama sold at Christie’s New York for $5.8 million, one of the highest prices ever paid for a work by a living woman painter. There is some irony in this, given Kusama’s lifelong dedication to what she calls “self-obliteration,” an artistic practice close to therapy that aims […]

The Artist in an Age of Invisible Forensics

Did you ever meet Roberta Breitmore? If so, congrats, you’re part of an artworkby artist Lynn Hershman Leeson, who invented Breitmore—a character often replete with a blond wig and theatrical makeup as well as a backstory and checking account—in 1972 as part of a durational performance. That same year, she also initiated her immersive, site-specific installation The Dante Hotel at […]