It would drive anyone crazy. For more than six decades, Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has splashed canvases, sculptures, and entire rooms in polka dots. Now 83, she's outfitted her wheelchair in the motif. But the act is less choice than compulsion — one that led to her voluntary institutionalization for the past 35 years. That Marc Jacobs, artistic director and mad genius behind Louis Vuitton, would be drawn to the avant-garde provocateur is no surprise. For fall, Kusama joins ranks with past LV collaborators Stephen Sprouse and Takashi Murakami in putting her stamp on the French maison's legendary monogram. Each piece is a collector's item. But for those not ready to splurge: Kusama's first retrospective lands at New York's Whitney Museum July 12. — Katie L. Connor
Pumpkin by Yayoi Kusama in Naoshima, Japan.