Three reasons we’ll be seeing spots, courtesy of 83-year-old Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.
• New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art hosted Kusama’s first U.S. show in 15 years. Open July 12-September 30—following stops in Madrid, Paris, and London—it presented work from her six-decade career, including immersive mirrored rooms that appeared to go on forever.
• Recently released in English, Kusama’s autobiography, Infinity Net (University of Chicago Press), recounts her colorful life, from hanging out with Donald Judd and Andy Warhol in 1960’s New York to her years in a Tokyo psychiatric hospital, where she still lives today.
• The Princess of Polka Dots has collaborated with Louis Vuitton on a new line of ready-to-wear looks and accessories—which means we’re still seeing her splashy creations long after the Whitney retrospective closed in September.
Photo courtesy Louis Vuitton
Fact: We live in an era marked by overachievers. Witness the declining average age of American Idol contestants; the proliferation of cats who play the piano; and football star Dhani Jones.
After 11 seasons as one of the NFL’s most indomitable bruisers, the Cincinnati Bengals linebacker has made a name for himself off the field as a thrill-seeking citizen of the world. Jones is an entrepreneur with his own charitable bow-tie company; an environmental advocate; a photographer, poet, and musician; and the host of Travel Channel’s “Dhani Tackles the Globe,” in which he competes in the native sport of a foreign country—everything from dragon boat racing in Singapore to capoeira in Brazil—and uses his interaction with trainers and teammates as a way into the culture. Now he can add author to that list.
Tips for enjoying the perfect family road trip.
Now that full-body scans and pat-downs are making the skies seem a little too friendly, vacationing by car is more appealing than ever. It also helps that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has pumped nearly $27 billion into the nation’s bridges and highways since 2009. Here, Jamie Jensen, author of the best-selling Road Trip USA series (Avalon Travel)—and father to 12-year-old twins who are his frequent backseat companions—shares a few pointers on making it a fun and squabble-free ride.