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Road Trip 2018 – California to Nevada to Utah

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702 miles up the Interstate 15. It’s easy to forget how beautiful the wild open spaces of America are. This is only one small portion visible from the passenger seat on the highway.

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My Favorite Artists Through History – Yayoi Kusama

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Who is she?

Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese contemporary artist who works primarily in sculpture and installation, but is also active in painting, performance, film, fashion, poetry, fiction, and other arts. (Via Wikipedia)

Why I love her:

I had never even heard of Kusama until I was visiting the Pompidou in Paris where they were exhibiting a retrospective of her artwork. I remember walking into a hallways with her giant paintings and immediately feeling overwhelmed with emotion. It’s hard to say what sort of emotion: somewhere between feeling small and lost in a colorful polka dot void. Rarely do I have such a visceral reaction to paintings, but that emotion has stuck with me for a long time. Her installations are equally powerful. She transforms spaces into a weird mind-bending alternate dimensions that displace the viewer (in a good way).

I really hope that someday I will be able to see her Infinity Mirror Room collection at the Broad in Los Angeles. When I went soon after the Broad’s opening, the wait time to go into the room was over 5 hours. Not going to lie, it made me very sad, but at the same time, I’m really glad that so many people will be introduced to this amazing artist. The Infinity Mirror Room is also a great place for people to take art selfies, which adds another layer and complexity to the public’s art appreciation. This is particularly interesting to me as Kusama’s work is about self-obliteration and very much anti-ego. This interplay of social media best virtual self and artwork with the opposite in mind is very intriguing to me.

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Marissa’s Top Art Museums – The Uffizi

I recently recommended places to visit in Florence and Rome to my future sister-in-law and I figured it would make a great blog post as well about people interested in visiting those locations.

Art Museums

Gli Uffizi


Before we even get to the collection itself: the whole building is itself a masterpiece of architecture.

History | The Uffizi

Commissioned by Cosimo I de’ Medici, first Grand Duke of Tuscany, the building, was conceived to house the “Uffizi”, the administrative and legal offices of Florence. The work was entrusted to artist Giorgio Vasari, who designed an edifice with a Doric column portico, in a style that was both elegant and severe, established “upon the river and almost in the air”. – Le Gallerie degli Uffizi website

Gli Uffizi is home to many famous historical art pieces and is the number one priority destination for any art lover or artist.

Most famous pieces: The Birth of Venus(Botticelli), Adoration of the Magi (Da Vinci)


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My favorites:
Caravaggio’s Medusa, Bronzino’s portraits, the ancient Greek and Roman sculpture


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