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The Photo Revival of Frida Kahlo

The artist, who captivated the early 20th century, is making her way around North America. Some consider Frida Kahlo’s masterpieces to be a poem depicted on  canvas. Revered for being as a surrealist, few know that the Mexican icon, Frida Kahlo maintained a portfolio of photographs. This year, the artists photography collection journeys its way in the United States and Canada.

Two-hundred and fifty nine photos–all of  which were sealed for more than 50 years, and opened in 2007 are currently on display in Arlington,VA at the Artisphere, exhibit named: “Frida Kahlo: Her Photos.”  (The photos account for less than 5 percent of the photos that were locked away in La Casa Azul, the home that the artist’s spouse, Riviera donated to Mexico for a museum).

Poet André Breton  is quoted as referring to the Mexican surrealists work as a “ribbon around a bomb.”

Many of Kahlo’s masterpieces illustrate the artist’s perception of herself. The daughter of a respected photographer, Kahlo borrowed the concept of creating self portraits from her father, 20th century Guillermo Kahlo. Accentuating the political contexts of the earth 20th century, some theorize that Kahlo created works based on the reality of her life. Suffering from polio and in excruciating pain, her work reflects a juxtaposition between pain and beauty.  Artisphere | 1101 Wilson Boulevard Arlington, Virginia 22209 703.875.110 The exhibit runs through March 25, 2012).

Coming the fall of 2012, the exhibit aptly dubbed, Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting” allows the spectator to perceive the political and philosophical interpretations 75 combined works painted by the artists. The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) also commemorates Kahlo’s counterpart and spouse , Diego Rivera, another prolific surrealist. (The artist  were married until Kahlo passed away in 1954).

Selected predominantly from the collection of Mexico’s Museo Dolores Olmedo, the anthology reveals how their political views, activism and their role in society affected the works that each artist produced. (The exhibit opens Oct. 20, 2012, running through Jan. 20, 2013).  Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) | Musée des beaux-arts de l’Ontario |317 Dundas Street West| Toronto, Ontario Canada M5T 1G4

Please click Frida Kahlo to review the top paintings.

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