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Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

Yayoi Kusama, 89, is the most successful living female artist. Her pieces have fetched up to $7 million and, at any given time, she has handfuls of exhibitions on view at museums and galleries across the world. (Right now: Indonesia, New York, Cleveland and Los Angeles).

Her immense popularity — driven in part thanks to the selfie craze, which has led museum patrons to wait in hours-long lines just for pics inside her Infinity Mirror Rooms exhibitions — came as a shock to documentarian Heather Lenz, who had been following Kusama’s life and career rather closely since 2001 when she started working on a documentary about the artist.

Kusama, who has long battled mental illness and once attempted suicide by leaping from her New York City apartment, continues to live in her native Japan in a psychiatric hospital that is within walking distance of her studio.

Lenz reported that Kusama is aware of the current craze that surrounds her work — and selfies. “Smart phones weren’t around when I started making this film,” Lenz said with a smile.

“Kusama: Infinity” is playing in theaters now.

Read the story at The Hollywood Reporter.

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