Yayoi Kusama’s notorious dots are instantly recognizable. And now, you’ll be able to spot them on the streets instead of just inside museums, as the exalted artist is doing her own polka-dotted skateboards. MoMA has tapped her to create a series of 500 limited edition boards featuring renditions of her famous work, “DOTS OBSESSSION (2018),” exclusively available through their online design store.
Courtesy of MoMA Design Store
Born in Japan in 1929, Kusama made a name for herself in the early 1950s for her abstract paintings of those polka dots. After moving to the United States in 1957, she began creating her now infamous “Infinity Rooms” (currently on exhibit at The Cleveland Museum of Art) and staging offbeat happenings around New York City. Since 1977, she’s lived in the Seiwa Hospital for the Mentally Ill just outside of Tokyo, where she continues to paint regularly.
‘Phalli’s Field’ Infinity Room; photo by Eikoh Hosoe, courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore; Victoria Miro, London; David Zwirner, New York
In recent years, other artists have also lent their works to the skateboarding community, including Barbara Kruger, who teamed up with iconic skate shop and streetwear brand Supreme to create a series of “Don’t Be A Jerk” skateboards and skate ramps in 2017. But Kusama’s project will be her first (and potentially only) skateboard related ever – and they are all actually hand-painted by her. Originally, the boards were made from samples based on digital renderings of Kusama’s art work. But when they were shipped to the artist for final approval, she decided to paint over each one of them meticulously.
The skateboards will come in four different styles: two white boards with red dots (one large, one small), and two yellow boards with black dots (also in small and large sizes). Though the MoMA Design Store has not yet listed an official date for the drop, once they are available, we know they’ll sell out quickly. After all, if there are two types of people who like exclusives, it is definitely art collectors and skaters.
‘In Infinity’ by Kim Hansen, courtesy of Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Harold Hunter, who passed over six years ago, left an enigmatic legacy. He was a breakthrough artist with his skateboard and his lifestyle. He was sweet-as-pie until he wasn’t. He was always good for a laugh or maybe a cry. He inspired. He was disappointing. He was human. Most of all, he was human. He was way up and way down. His life was like a pass in a half-pipe, soar or crash, but always pushing the limits. He was as comfortable in a club as he was on the street skateboarding and wherever the kids gathered for a game. He was going to be a star. He was a star. I saw him in the movies where he was a reality star before we even had reality programming.
In honor of his life and character, Harold Hunter Day has been created. Alex Corporan, a good friend of Harold, tells us all about it.
Harold Hunter Day is an annual skate jam celebrating the life of Harold Hunter. Over a thousand skateboards, spectators, pros, legends and friends of Harold have attended every year. Started by the Harold Hunter Foundation, director Jessica Forsyth was pretty much a sister to him; she wanted to do H.H. Day to honor Harold as a remarkable individual and a unique skateboarder. To me, Harold made the world go round; he made kids, men, and women feel good about skateboarding and being themselves. Harold was full of life, and he had plenty to give.
This is why H.H. Day is so amazing; Harold’s energy is still there and will continue to be. This year marked the 6th annual Harold Hunter Day, and it just keeps growing. The H.H. Foundation now raises money by doing several events throughout the year which raise money to send kids to Camp Woodward Skateboarding, where Harold spend many joyful summers. Sending H.H. Foundation kids to Woodward was a natural place to start.
The Woodward and Element scholarship program is just the beginning of what we hope will be many initiatives to expand NYC kids’ horizons, help them to experience the world, and make connections through skateboarding.
Harold Hunter Day continues every year so look out for it because it only gets better…..
Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney might not like gay marriage, but he sure loves a good prank. During his totally heterosexual days an a Michigan boarding school, Romney was known to take practical jokes and hazing too far, once pinning down a schoolmate and cutting off his supposedly inappropriate coif and another time leading a blind teacher into a set of closed doors. [WaPo]
Middle-aged men, no longer happy to play golf or skeeze on their secretaries, have reclaimed skateboarding as a way to get their all-important cardio workouts and also reclaim the glory of their long-haired youth. “The skate geezers are having their revenge,” on of them declared before noticing the glasses he couldn’t find were, in fact, on his face. [NYT]
Pop star Rihanna shocked fans and the rest of us by tweeting a photo of an IV in her arm after she suffered a bout of that classic celebrity ailment, “dehydration,” following this week’s ultra-glamorous Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala. But wait! Perhaps there’s something more to the story. One insider blabbed that the “We Found Love” singer’s illness had more to do with, “excessive partying and not slowing down. She has been traveling nonstop and going wild. Rihanna has been rebelling against her record label because she feels she has been made to work too hard.” [NYP]
Recent BlackBook cover girl Anna Faris is knocked up! She and husband Chris Pratt are expecting their first visit from the stork this fall. [People]