Yayoi Kusama – Time’s 100 Most Influential People

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Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is the only artist to be named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people for 2016.

The oldest person on the list, other individuals honored this year include Pope Francis, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Francois Hollande, as well as singer Nicki Minaj, racing driver Lewis Hamilton and sprinter Usain Bolt.

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Describing her as ‘The Eternal Radical’, former creative director of Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, praised her 2012 collaboration with the luxury fashion brand.

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The facade of the Louis Vuitton store on Fifth Avenue in 2012

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Inspired by her own hallucinations as a child, her psychedelic paintings and installations offer an abundance of colour and pattern inspiration.

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Yayoi Kusama: Look Now, See Forever Gallery of Modern Art installation view

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07:  Guests viewing artwork at the Yayoi Kusama "I Who Have Arrived In Heaven" Exhibition Press Preview at David Zwirner Art Gallery on November 7, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images)

USP: Dubbed the “polka dot princess” Yayoi Kusama’s unique installations, sculptures and paintings continue to inspire colour, print and interiors.