Frida Kahlo is one of the art world's most enigmatic figures. Beautiful, talented, tragic and strong, she broke barriers as a woman and as an artist and her story is irresistibly fascinating. The authors of these books introduce readers to the colorful world of Kahlo's Mexico; describe the misfortune that led to the emergence of her artistic sensibility; explore Kahlo's spiritual connection with her country's folk art and her forays into surrealism; and detail her love affairs with intellectuals and other artists. These titles will appeal to Kahlo's many ardent fans, as well as create new ones.
Eighty-eight-year-old Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama began putting together her trippy "Infinity Mirror Rooms" series in the mid-60s and they are now taking over Instagram feeds wherever the exhibits appear. The completely immersive rooms are covered in mirrors on all sides; some are so small you can only look at them through a peephole, while others fit two to three visitors inside. Kusama's other large-scale work, including a polka-dotted room filled with stickers placed by patrons, a slew of acrylic, oversized pumpkin sculptures, and an army of basketball-sized mirrored orbs have made their way into Instagram infamy as well. She's become a household name and her exhibitions are notoriously hard to get into—lines for her touring show in New York City were up to four hours long, and people still waited—but there are plenty of places to see permanent and traveling works around the U.S. Here's where to go to get your Kusama fix (and make all of your followers jealous): Cleveland, Boston, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and, of course, Tokyo.