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Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahloby Hayden Herrera
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Frida Kahlo stepped into the limelight in 1929 when she married Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. She was twenty-two; he was forty-three. Hailed as Riveraandrsquo;s exotic young wife who andldquo;dabbles in art,andrdquo; she went on to produce brilliant paintings but remained in her husbandandrsquo;s shadow throughout her life. Today, almost six decades after her untimely death, Kahloandrsquo;s fame rivals that of Rivera and she has gained international acclaim as a path-breaking artist and a cultural icon.
Cutting through andldquo;Fridamania,andrdquo; this book explores Kahloandrsquo;s life, art, and legacies, while also scrutinizing the myths, contradictions, and ambiguities that riddle her dramatic story. Gannit Ankori examines Kahloandrsquo;s early childhood, medical problems, volatile marriage, political affiliations, religious beliefs, and, most important, her unparalleled and innovative art. Based on detailed analyses of the artistandrsquo;s paintings, diary, letters, photographs, medical records, and interviews, the book also assesses Kahloandrsquo;s critical impact on contemporary art and culture.
and#160;Kahlo was of her time, deeply immersed in the issues that dominated the first half of the twentieth century. Yet, as this book reveals, she was also ahead of her time. Her paintings challenged social norms and broke taboos, addressing themes such as the female body, gender, cross-dressing, hybridity, identity, and trauma in ways that continue to inspire contemporary artists across the globe. Frida Kahlo is a succinct and powerful account of the life, art and legacy of this iconic artist.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 445-448) and index.
Hailed by readers and critics across the country, this engrossing biography of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo reveals a woman of extreme magnetism and originality, an artist whose sensual vibrancy came straight from her own experiences: her childhood near Mexico City during the Mexican Revolution; a devastating accident at age eighteen that left her crippled and unable to bear children; her tempestuous marriage to muralist Diego Rivera and intermittent love affairs with men as diverse as Isamu Noguchi and Leon Trotsky; her association with the Communist Party; her absorption in Mexican folklore and culture; and her dramatic love of spectacle.
Here is the tumultuous life of an extraordinary twentieth-century woman — with illustrations as rich and haunting as her legend.
About the Author
Hayden Herrera is an art historian. She has lectured widely, curated several exhibitions of art, taught Latin American art at New York University, and has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is the author of numerous articles and reviews for such publications as Art in America, Art Forum, Connoisseur, and the New York Times, among others. Her books include Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo; Mary Frank; and Matisse: A Portrait. She is working on a critical biography of Arshile Gorky. She lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
The blue house on Londres street — Childhood in Coyoacan — The National Preparatory School — Accident and aftermath — The broken column — Diego: the frog prince — The elephant and the dove — Newlywed: the Tehuana Frida — Gringolandia — Detroit: Henry Ford Hospital — Revolutionaries in the Temple of Finance — A few small nips — Trotsky — A painter in her own right — This Pinchisimo Paris — What the water gave me — A necklace of thorns — Remarriage — Patrons, politics, public recognition — The little deer — Portraits of a marriage — Naturaleza Viva: alive still life — Homage to Frida Kahlo — Night is falling in my life — Viva la Vida.
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