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Frida Kahlo - Images of an Icon

Frida Kahlo - Images of an Icon

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A little bit of information about famous photographers "co-operating" with Kahlo.

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Frida Kahlo: Images of an Icon 
February 3 – June 10, 2007This selection of photographs traces the life and many guises of the formidable and exotic Mexican artistFrida Kahlo (1907–1954). She and her husband, famed Mexican muralist Diego Rivera (1886–1957), stoodat the vortex of the most important political, social, and cultural upheavals in the twentieth centuryincluding the Mexican Revolution (1910–1920), the rise of international Communism, the development ofSurrealism, and the Mexican muralist tradition that celebrated indigenous and folk heritage. Thesecompelling images bring into focus the extraordinary world of Frida as both person and icon.“Photographs instigate, confirm, and seal legends. Seen through photographs, people become icons ofthemselves,” wrote philosopher and writer Susan Sontag. Frida was one of the creators of her ownlegendary stature in how she composed her life. She made the self-portrait the main theme of her painting,explaining: "I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone... because I am the subject I know best." Shealso effectively manipulated her self-image before the lens through her gaze, pose, and the carefullyconstructed symbolism of her clothing, jewelry, and hairstyle.Frida sat for portraits by some of the most renowned photographers of the twentieth century includingEdward Weston, Imogen Cunningham, and Manual Álvarez Bravo, as well as leading photojournalists suchas Gisele Freund, Bernard Silberstein, Nickolas Muray, and Fritz Henle. Her private side is also revealedhere in photographs taken by her friends and family.The exhibition is organized around several themes: Frida and family, Frida as icon, Frida as artist, the playfulFrida and the sick Frida who endured chronic pain and numerous surgeries throughout her life. Images ofFrida with animals document the menagerie found in her household and also in her paintings. Frida andDiego made a charismatic couple and the exhibition includes a number of photographs of the two together.These photographs are from the collection of dealer and specialist in Latin American photography, SpencerThrockmorton. Twenty years ago he began to assemble his collection that now includes over one hundredimages of Frida, many of them rarely seen.This exhibition was organized by Throckmorton Fine Art, Inc., New York, New Yorkand is generously sponsored by Helen and Peter Bing and The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.
 
Adjacent Exhibition
Northwest Visions of Frida Kahlo 
The photographs of Frida Kahlo as well as the range of people who took them, are a testament to thepower of the colorful and complex self-image she created. Not only was her image and persona attractiveto her contemporaries, it has also been a source of inspiration and adoration for legions of admirers sinceher death. Particularly in the last two decades, Frida’s image has become ubiquitous—one finds her faceon coffee mugs, calendars, key chains, matchbooks, mousepads, and more. She has truly been transformedinto a pop culture icon.Artists have also been intrigued by Frida. Whether because of her art, her beauty, her politics, herperseverance in the face of pain and suffering, her championing of Mexican culture, her unconventionalmarriage to Diego Rivera, or her iconic status, artists have found inspiration in Frida.This selection of artwork is by Northwest artists who have created work that is connected to Frida, whetherit is through the direct use of her image or through less obvious means. Several of these artists areoriginally from Mexico and see Frida as a symbol of a strong and vibrant Mexico. Others are interested inexploring her celebrity status as an icon of popular culture. Many of these artists pay homage to Frida’sartwork by using her self-portraits or applying her artistic approach in their own work. All of these worksare a testament to Frida Kahlo’s long-lasting influence as an artist, a human being, and an icon.
 
 
Frida Kahlo Timeline1907–1954
1907 July 6, Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón is born in Coyoacán, Mexico. Her father,Guillermo Kahlo, was of Hungarian-German Jewish descent and her mother, Matilde Calderón wasCatholic and of Spanish and Indian descent. Frida drops the ‘e’ in her name during the rise ofNazism.1910 Mexican revolution begins and continues through 1920. Frida later claims to have been born in1910 so that her birth would coincide with the beginning of the revolution.1922 Frida first meets artist Diego Rivera while a student at the prestigious National Preparatory School.1925 Frida is involved in a streetcar accident that inflicts serious permanent injuries and lifelong pain.During her long convalescence, she begins to paint.1929
 
At age 22, Frida marries Diego Rivera, 42, and accompanies him while he works on his muralprojects in San Francisco, Detroit and New York City for the next three years.1931 Frida meets photographer Nickolas Muray and begins intermittent affair that willlast eight years.1937 Exiled communist leader and writer Leon Trotsky and his wife arrive in Mexico and stay in Frida andDiego’s home for two years.1938 Frida meets French surrealist and critic André Breton in Mexico during his visit.Frida has first solo exhibition at Julien Levy Gallery in New York City.1939
 
Frida travels to Paris where she is included in an exhibition organized by André Breton and artistMarcel Duchamp.The Louvre Museum purchases Frida’s self-portrait,
The Frame 
(1938), the first Mexican painting inits collection.Frida and Diego divorce, remarrying in 19401950 After enduring 30 previous surgeries, Frida has an additional two surgeries on her spine and ishospitalized for nine months.1953 Frida’s first exhibition in Mexico is hosted by friend and photographer Lola Álvarez Bravo at theMexico City Gallery of Contemporary Art.1954 July 13, Frida dies at her home in Casa Azul (The Blue House) in Coyoacán at age 47. Diego diesthree years later at age 70.1958
 
Casa Azul is opened to the public as Frida Kahlo museum.

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