Revisiting the 1960s, Globalization, Monopoly, and Art Outlaws: Yayoi Kusama and the Rise of the Leo Castelli Gallery

10 Feb
Yayoi Kusama, No. Red A, 1960. Oil on canvas, 71 x 63 in.
Grey Art Gallery, New York University Art Collection.
Gift of Silvia Pizitz, 1962.33
Revisiting the 1960s, Globalization, Monopoly, and Art Outlaws: Yayoi Kusama and the Rise of the
Leo Castelli Gallery
Monday, February 13, 7:00 pm
Silver Center, Room 301 (enter at 32 Waverly Place)Artist Yayoi Kusama and art dealer Leo Castelli both launched their careers in the multicultural downtown scene of the 1950s. In this lecture, Midori Yamamura, JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow, Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, and author ofYayoi Kusama: Inventing the Singular (MIT Press, 2015) will examine how, with the rise of the global art market, Kusama’s work became marginalized—an experience that distinctively shaped her art.

Co-sponsored by NYU’s Department of Art History, Asian/Pacific/American Institute, and Grey Art Gallery. Free of charge, capacity limited, and subject to change. Photo ID required for entrance to NYU buildings.

Offered in conjunction with the exhibition Inventing Downtown:Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952–1965, on view at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery January 10–April 1, 2017. For more information on the exhibition, please visit

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The gallery is accessible to people with disabilities.
For best access, please call 212/998-6780 before visiting.


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