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Yayoi Kusama covers June Wallpaper magazine



You can keep Jessica Alba for Marie Claire and Cameron Diaz for Harper’s Bazaar, I’m more interested in Yayoi Kusama on the cover of Wallpaper (and she designed it too). My problem with actresses and pop stars on the cover of mags is that each celeb has done so many covers with the required !!EXCLUSIVE!! interview that they literally have nothing of interest left to say. Everything of consequence has been said already. Artists on the other hand tend to be less publicity hungry (obviously there are exceptions) so rarely give interviews and they have a more specific outlook on life which means that when they do, they actually have something worth saying.

If you haven’t yet seen the Kusama exhibition at Tate Modern, do hurry. It ends on 5th June when it then moves to New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art on 12th July. And then on the 15th, we’ll finally see the long-awaited Louis-Vuitton-Yayoi-Kusama ready-to-wear collaboration – with windows in all LV’s stores worldwide showing VM displays created by Kusama of course (think red and white polka dotted eels writhing under the sea). It’s in the diary…

The limited-edition cover by Kusama is available to Wallpaper subscribers and on newsstands in Japan.



Press day highlights: Out of Synch by Fernando Casasempere




A lovely bonus of doing press days at Somerset House, I managed to get an eyeful of Fernando Casasempere’s breathtaking installation, Out Of Synch, just as the sky was clearing following a torrential downpour. An installation of 10,000 ceramic flowers, the display is in situ in the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court until 27th April.



Must see: David Hockney ‘A Bigger Picture’



David Hockney is one of our national treasures, hence mile long queues at his Royal Academy ‘A Bigger Picture’ exhibition due to all advance tickets selling out. I went at 9am on Monday morning and found fifty people in the line already; by 930am it was easily 300. But the exhibition is huge so although some areas were busy, the bigger rooms had more than enough space to view the large-scale works.

Hockney mulls over the passing of time in his new East Yorkshire landscapes that were painted especially for this exhibition, but there are plenty of older works on display too. As always, Hockney likes to get us thinking about ways of seeing, which this time he does with a film display, arranged in a grid of 18 screens to show the changing Yorkshire landscape from one season to the next. Also impressive was the room of iPad art featuring a series of iPad ‘paintings’ created over the course of a month that vary from intricate studies with Hockney’s recognisable wiggly ‘brushstrokes’ to more obviously digital renderings.

I’m really kicking myself for not getting an audio headset as these feature snippets of Hockney’s own commentary but I made up for it by lingering over the sketchbooks. If you haven’t seen this exhibition yet I’d strongly advise you to clear a morning from your diary and get down there sharpish.

‘A Bigger Picture’ ends on 9th April and hours are extended to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays between now and then, and for the final week of the exhibition (2nd-5th April). For the final weekend (6th-9th April) it will be open until 10pm.