another great local show featuring a woman artist: frida kahlo opens saturday at the walker art center.
photo credit: walker art center
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i must admit that i hate when artists get “trendy”. i hate it when posters proliferate office lobbies and waiting rooms. i hate it when “this artist is famous, so i should have a reproduction on my wall to show i know something about art” happens. (which, to clarify, is different from having a reproduction of a work you love.) yes, it’s wonderful when talent is recognized, and art is appreciated. but i still feel the artist’s intention is lost. especially when you are deluged with the junk in the gift shop, to “commemorate” the exhibition. lookatme! i’ve got a frida kahlo umbrella!
so needless to say, i will go to this show on a week day, when crowds are (hopefully) minimal. i will go and appreciate the work, and try to avoid the dolts that block each painting as they listen to their headsets.
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frida’s life was amazing. the show is open until jan 20, so if you can, read a book or two about her life before you go (skip the selma hayek movie). it will help in understanding her life and appreciating her work. a few recommendations:
the diary of frida kahlo: an intimate self-portrait
a facsimile edition of her journal that reproduces her handwritten, colored-ink entries and accompanying self-portraits, sketches, doodles and paintings, which fuse surrealism, pre-Columbian gods and myths, biomorphic forms, animal-human hybrids, archetypal symbols
frida kahlo: an open life by raquel tibol and elinor randall
tibol, a mexican art critic, befriended frida kahlo in 1953, a year before her death. she portrays the mexican painter as a strangely beautiful woman, an artist whose “pitiless immersion in the subconscious” yielded a “stern and tragic surrealism” with roots in mexican folklore and photorealist painting.
frida: a biography of frida kahlo by hayden herrera
in frida, art historian hayden herrera vividly portrays of a woman of strength, talent, humor, and endurance.
the first 2 books are in my personal library, you may borrow them if you’d like! email me or comment on this post to reserve a book. (comments are cool. they’re like reading a love letter! but the porn comments don’t count – thankfully, i moderate the comments. yo, spammers, stop! you’re gonna get deleted!)
note: cranky girl rant also applies to georgia o’keefe at the mia. no more o’keefe mousepads, please!