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ArtsBeat: Yayoi Kusama The Polka Dot Princess

Yayoi Kusama at the Sepentine Gallery in 2000 with her work Dots Obsession. Image: http://www.guardian.ca.uk

The conceptual artist Yayoi Kusama has been painting dots and nets since the age of ten. The environments she creates are stunning, menacing, and overwhelming, providing a brief glimpse of the world she inhabits – one filled with hallucinations and visions. Her art has allowed her to manage and express her obsessive visions, and has been recognized with numerous awards and retrospectives. At the age of 80, she continues to produce work in her studio by day, returning to the mental institution where she chooses to reside by night.

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ArtsBeat: Art History Simplified

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ArtsBeat: The Art Of Clumsiness

Dionysus, 438-432 B.C.Image: British Museum, London

When an ancient sculpture has managed to survive a few thousand years, like our favourite god of wine and merriment, a missing limb or penis is par for the course. But what about damage caused by general clumsiness? According to Right Diagnosis, there are precisely 408 possible medical conditions causing clumsiness, like premenstrual syndrome, puberty, and impulsive behaviour “especially in children seen running all over the place.” Who knew? Here are some tragic acts of clumsiness to amuse/depress you:

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