From Marble to Flesh: the Biography of Michelangelo’s David

Art History.  It’s is a topic that I absolutely adore and am endlessly passionate about.  I’ve studied art history academically and am working on building a career teaching it professionally.  That said, it is a subject that at times can, well, feel rather elitist.  Generally, art history publications – whether books or periodicals – are written …

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ArtSmart Roundtable: America and Its Skyscrapers

Louis Sullivan's Wainwright building in St. Louis.
Image courtesy of Tom Bastin.

With ridiculously high Supertalls and Megatalls popping up around the globe, the skyscraper has evolved into a very international architectural type.  But for this ArtSmart Roundtable post, I want to bring the skyscraper back to its roots.  With this month’s topic being National Art – that is, a style of art that distinctly embodies a region or country …

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Yayoi Kusama and Naoshima

Yayoi Kusama Yellow Pumpkin Naoshima

As soon as my husband and I decided to go to Japan for our honeymoon in 2012, I knew we had to go to Naoshima Island.  Had to.  Ever since I studied Yayoi Kusama’s work and saw an image of her spotted yellow “Pumpkin” jutting out on a small pier into the Seto Inland See …

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Seeking Frank Lloyd Wright in San Francisco


Your answer to enjoying a Frank Lloyd Wright building without the lines, tickets and obligatory guided tours is surprisingly in San Francisco! The V.C. Morris Gift Shop was designed by the famed architect in 1948.  With its circular ramp connecting the bottom and second floors, V.C. Morris is considered a kind of prototype to the …

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The de Young Museum, San Francisco, California

"Mother Earth" by Chiura Obata - one of my favorite artworks in the de Young's collection.

Located in the always lovely Golden Gate Park, the de Young Museum is one of San Francisco’s big four museums (the other three being its sister museum, the Legion of Honor, the Asian Art Museum, and SFMOMA, which is closed until 2016). I was lucky enough to call the de Young my place of work …

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ArtSmart Roundtable: 2014 Art Worth Traveling for in the USA


Looking forward into 2014, there are a lot of things I’m excited about…but in particular I am looking forward to a few trips I’ve planned specifically to see art!  Below are NOXP’s top 5 places to travel in the USA this year to see art, along with a few bonus suggestions. James Turrell: A Retrospective …

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Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014!

2013 was a pretty quiet year for No Onions Extra Pickles.  Personally, I started the year burnt out.  Blogging was no longer fun for me anymore.  It started to feel like a chore I was trying to avoid.  The quality of work going up on NOXP – in terms of writing and advertising – just …

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The Centre Pompidou in Paris, France

Pompidou Center Exterior Flickr David Merrett

There are a lot of “must sees” in Paris.  On my first big trip abroad I spent almost two weeks exploring the city and I still want to go back to see more!  That said, I can honestly tell you that the Centre Pompidou is one Parisian destination that cannot be missed. Located in the …

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