Apparently Martha Stewart Does Not Know Who Yayoi Kusama Is

"Such a popular work of art," Stewart tweeted.

Photo: Martha Stewart (@marthasteward) via Twitter
Photo: Martha Stewart (@marthasteward) via Twitter

Martha Stewart visited the Broad Museum in Los Angeles this weekend, and she liked a couple of the works, as evidenced by her social media updates. However, the interesting part is that she appears to not know the artist behind one of her most “liked” images from the excursion.

Stewart tweeted a selfie from Yayoi Kusama’s 2013 installation Infinity Mirrored Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away. It’s pretty much the same as numerous other images you’ve seen taken from the Japanese artist’s crowd-pleasing installations.

“Such a popular work of art inside the Broad Museum—mirrors, lights, infinity and color—a long line waiting to see,” wrote the lifestyle guru and ex-convict, without seemingly aware that the work of art is created by a specific artist.

Not just any artist, but the Most Popular Artist in the World, for goodness’ sake.

Stewart also introduced her three million followers to a sculpture by Chicago-born artist Robert Therrien, which consists of a stack of oversized saucers, which is great, since Therrien is much less well-known than Kusama and could maybe use the exposure. (The Broad owns more than a dozen of his works.)

“A giant stack of giant saucers right inside the Broad Museum I loved the collection on display and the crowds,” wrote the businesswoman, who seemingly cannot buy punctuation, even with a reported net worth of $300 million.

Sadly, he remains a nameless artist in Stewart’s eyes, who, for all we know, may have loved Therrien’s work less for its latter-day Surrealism and play with scale than because it is relevant to her interests in home furnishings.


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