One of the biggest-selling female contemporary artists, now with her own museum
Kusama has come a long way from bribing police officers to let the polka-dot-painted models pose long enough for documentation while staging naked happenings on the Brooklyn Bridge during the 1960s. Last year saw new highs for sales of her work at auction: $970,000 for a 1965 canvas and $53.8m in total according to artprice.com. This October she opened a museum in Tokyo, dedicated entirely to her work, with My Eternal Soul (2009–), an ongoing series of paintings. Meanwhile, several touring exhibitions continue to ensure that those Instagram posts of visitors to her mirrored installations never stop, with shows to date in Washington, DC, Seattle and LA, and more lined up for Atlanta, Brisbane and Toronto. With all that comes money. Submit yourself to the dots and, as Kusama says, return to the infinite universe.