Who is Yayoi Kusama and why are some people questioning her current collaborations with Louis Vuitton and other fashion brands?

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Yayoi Kusama is a world-famous Japanese artist known for her avant-garde art, including installations, paintings, sculptures and happenings.

She was born in 1929 and moved to the United States in 1957 to pursue her career.

Kusama has struggled with mental health issues for much of her life and has lived in a psychiatric hospital for nearly 50 years.

Recently, Kusama has collaborated with Louis Vuitton on a new collection, which includes window displays and effigies of the artist in major cities around the world.

Some people are questioning these collaborations, arguing that they turn a serious artist into a caricature and risk diluting her legacy.

They wonder whether Kusama, who has spent much of her life in a psychiatric hospital, is being exploited by others or whether she has fully consented to these collaborations.

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