Yayoi Kusama with Joseph Cornell in New York, 1970
Portrait of Yayoi Kusama by Joseph Cornell, 1965
"When they first met in the mid-1960s,the two formed an unlikely bond that latest over many years. Kusama has described their relationship as passionate yet platonic. Cornell became infatuated with the younger artist, calling her several times a day and making and sending her charming collages with personal messages (‘Have some tea and think of me’; ‘Happy Easter to Yayoi’)."