The Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is in the process of leaving Gagosian Gallery, The Art Newspaper understands. It is not know which gallery will represent her in the US, but discussions are believed to be underway (she is represented in London by Victoria Miro).
This is the third defection to rock the Gagosian empire in a fortnight. Damien Hirst is leaving the gallery after 17 years, the Financial Times reported yesterday. Last week, The Art Newspaper broke the news that Jeff Koons will have a show with the rival New York gallery David Zwirner in May, but the artist has not said whether he is leaving Gagosian, which currently has an exhibition of his works in its Los Angeles gallery (until 14 February 2013).