Synopses & Reviews
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.and#160;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.
"A haunting, highly vivid biography." Ms. magazine
The engrossing biography of the celebrated Mexican painter. "A mesmerizing story of radical art, romantic politics, bizarre loves and physical suffering that raises the question, why hasn't someone told it all before?"--"Time." The basis for the new Miramax film. Photos.
Originally published in 1983, Hayden Herrera's portrait of Frida Kahlo is the definitive biography of the tempestuous and original Mexican artist. Married to Diego Rivera and deeply involved in Mexican politics, she also had affairs with such diverse historical figures as Isamu Noguchi and Leon Trotsky. Her paintings, often autobiographical, have reached a wider audience through exhibitions over the last 20 years.
Frida is both the basis for the new Miramax film and the primary source people will turn to for all the information on this dynamic figure of the 20th century.
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.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 445-448) and index.
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
Introduction: The Artist as Mythmaker; Fissured Tales of Art and Life
1 Family Tree: andldquo;My Grandparents, My Parents and Iandrdquo;
2 Childhood Traumas: The Broken Body, the Doubled Self
3 On the Cusp of Womanhood
4 Coming of Age
5 andldquo;The Lost Desireandrdquo;: Relinquishing Maternity
6 andldquo;Double Sorrowandrdquo;: Losing and Finding Love
7 andldquo;Where is the andlsquo;Iandrsquo;?andrdquo;: Losing and Finding her Selves
8 andldquo;Everything is All and Oneandrdquo;: Losing and Finding Faith
9 andldquo;I am the Disintegrationandrdquo;: The Waning of Life
10 Of her Time; Ahead of her Time
Postscript: Frida Kahloandrsquo;s Art, Life and Legacy