Japanese artists’ anger at counterfeit exhibitions
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.