Ja­panese artists’ anger at coun­ter­feit exhibitions

The Guardian Weekly - - Global Report -

Cel­e­brated Ja­panese artist Yayoi Kusama is con­sid­er­ing le­gal ac­tion against the or­gan­is­ers of sev­eral exhibitions in China made up en­tirely of fake works cred­ited to her. Coun­ter­feit works by Kusama and her fel­low con­tem­po­rary Ja­panese artist Takashi Mu­rakami have been shown in at least six Chi­nese cities since the spring, ac­cord­ing the artists’ lawyers.

Most of the exhibitions were free but a joint Kusama-Mu­rakami event in Chang­sha, Hu­nan prov­ince, re­port­edly charged a $10 en­try fee. Mu­rakami’s lawyer, Hiroshi Kamiyama, said he was con­sid­er­ing tak­ing sim­i­lar le­gal ac­tion.

The shows in­clude forg­eries of the trade­mark polka-dot in­stal­la­tions that have brought 89-year-old Kusama global ac­claim.

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