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From Nelson Mandela to Google Glass, David Bowie to Yayoi Kusama—a look at this year's top headlines

The 84-year-old artist Yayoi Kusama has voluntarily lived and painted in a psychiatric clinic since the ’70s. With her mesmerizing concepts popping up everywhere from museums and galleries to Louis Vuitton this year, Nowness made a video that showcases her work, which she calls “Self Obliteration.” Her process is a revelation of her inner-psychic reality, saying that painting is what keeps her going. The obsessive cast on her mind, audible in her voice and the way she talks in circles, is likewise visible in her polka-dotted paintings which will hopefully continue to be as widespread in 2014.