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Few artists have captured the public's imagination with the
force of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. During her lifetime, she was best
known as the flamboyant wife of celebrated muralist Diego Rivera. Theirs
was a tumultuous relationship: Rivera declared himself to be "unfit for
fidelity." As if to assuage her pain, Kahlo recorded the vicissitudes
of her marriage in paint. She also recorded the misery of her
deteriorating health--the orthopedic corsets that she was forced to
wear, the numerous spinal surgeries, the miscarriages and therapeutic
abortions. The artist's sometimes harrowing imagery is mitigated by an
intentional primitivism and small scale, as well as by her sardonic
humor and extraordinary imagination.
In celebration of the
one-hundredth anniversary of Kahlo's birth, this major new monograph is
published on the occasion of the 2007-08 traveling exhibition. It
features the artist's most renowned work--the hauntingly seductive and
often brutal self-portraits--as well as a selection of key portraits and
still lifes; more than 100 color plates, from Kahlo's earliest works,
made in 1926, to her last, in 1954; critical essays by Elizabeth
Carpenter, Hayden Herrera and Victor Zamudio-Taylor; and a selection of
photographs of Kahlo and Rivera by preeminent photographers of the
period, including Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Lola Alvarez Bravo, Gisele
Freund, Tina Modotti and Nickolas Muray. The catalogue also contains
snapshots from the artist's own photo albums of Kahlo with family and
friends such as André Breton and Leon Trotsky--some of which have never
been published, and several of which Kahlo inscribed with dedications,
effaced with self-deprecating marks or kissed with a lipstick
trace--plus an extensive illustrated timeline, selected bibliography,
exhibition history and index.

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Sep 19, 2008

I’d never enjoyed Frida Kahlo’s painting style until I saw the movie Frida. Then, I could see how her artwork reflected her life and I was able to appreciate all of her art, even though it’s not all easy to view. Her life was so incredibly full of pain and her art shows it, but I find it admirable that she was able to create the art at all. I looked forward to this art exhibition.

This is an excellent book that’s the exhibition catalog, and unlike some exhibition catalogs it is comprehensive. In I’d never enjoyed Frida Kahlo’s painting style until I saw the movie Frida. Then, I could see how her artwork reflected her life and I was able to appreciate all of her art, even though it’s not all easy to view. Her life was so incredibly full of pain and her art shows it, but I find it admirable that she was able to create the art at all. I looked forward to this art exhibition.

This is an excellent book that’s the exhibition catalog, and unlike some exhibition catalogs it is comprehensive. In fact, it’s a fine art book in its own right. It’s a gorgeous book. The paintings are shown in a spectacular manner. There are extremely interesting personal photographs. There’s much information about her life, which really does fully explain her art, and an interesting timeline that shows both world events and Kahlo’s biographical events. I was already interested in the subject and had seen the museum exhibit when I read this, but I think this book could have wide appeal among those interested in art history. It works as a good introduction to Frida Kahlo and her work.
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Jun 08, 2016

Not the first biography of Kahlo I have read - it does confirm that the first book was not exaggerating about her physical torment. The story of her life and great suffering somehow loses the reader's sympathy; one's ability to care becomes severely stretched. A major drawback with this book is that it prescribes how I, the reader, am to interpret her work, as if I cannot do that for myself.
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Dec 08, 2017

This book was very informative about Frida Kahlo. I enjoyed the selection of art that was included.
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Nov 29, 2010

After reading Kingsolver's Lacuna, I wanted to go back and learn more about Frida. I watched the movie again and picked up the book. The book was captivating by the sheer tragedy of her life, but her love and energy that comes thru it all. She is a fascinating woman.

Like many, I historically found her art bizarre and hard to look at, but now knowing the context behind it, it is fascinating, painful at times and incredibly introspective (although, still not always easy to look at).

I would have After reading Kingsolver's Lacuna, I wanted to go back and learn more about Frida. I watched the movie again and picked up the book. The book was captivating by the sheer tragedy of her life, but her love and energy that comes thru it all. She is a fascinating woman.

Like many, I historically found her art bizarre and hard to look at, but now knowing the context behind it, it is fascinating, painful at times and incredibly introspective (although, still not always easy to look at).

I would have given this book more stars, but there were times at which the author, an art student and critic understandably provided her own analyses and interpretation of the art. Not only did this not really "entertain" me, I didn't always agree with the interpretation. This does not make the author wrong, she did her job, I just wouldn't pick up a art critic book, this one drew me in by the amazing story behind it. ...more
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May 02, 2008

The reproductions are gorgeous. The photographs are great. The essays are a little dry.
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Jun 26, 2014

I am just a fan and her paintings are wonderful. To see her pain and her life in her paintings. Just great.
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Aug 24, 2008

I just went to the exhibit in San Francisco and it was pretty spectacular. The book does a really great job of introducing her to the novice (like me). I especially liked the timeline of her life.
5

Jan 15, 2011

Absolutely LOVED this book...great insight into the life of and pain of this artist and how her very personal work reflects her gift, courage and determination to be her own person.

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