Yayoi Kusama is simultaneously one of the most famous and most mysterious artists on the planet. Millions have stood transfixed in her Infinity Rooms and posed with her enormous polka-dotted pumpkins. They’re familiar with her iconic bob, colourful clothes and love of the polka dot. Few, however, know Kusama’s story. Here Robert Shore deconstructs this otherworldly persona, revealing Kusama’s difficult childhood in Japan, her wild child years in New York during the 1960s and, ultimately, how she overcame profound mental health struggles to become an art superstar whose exhibitions are the most visited of any single living artist.