Monday, 28 September 2009

Finding Frida Kahlo





Are these things of 'hers' fake? Read more here.....It seemed inconceivable that after decades of exhibitions, auctions, books, and movies, unpublished Frida Kahlo artwork could still be found anywhere, much less a shop in a converted textile factory. Finding Frida Kahlo presents, for the first time in print, an astonishing lost archive of one of the twentieth century's most revered artists. Hidden from view for over half a century, this richly illustrated, intimate portrait overflows with fascinating details about Kahlo's romances, friendships, and business affairs during a three-decade period, beginning in the 1920s when she was a teenager and ending just before she died in 1954. Full of ardent desires, seething fury, and outrageous humor, Finding Frida Kahlo is a rare glimpse into an exuberant and troubled existence: A vivid diary entry records her sexual encounter with a woman named Doroti; a painted box contains eleven stuffed hummingbirds, concealed beneath a letter in which she laments her discovery that her husband, Diego Rivera, had been monstrously dissecting 'these beautiful creatures' to extract an aphrodisiac; an altered French medical book describes the pain she was suffering from the amputation of her right leg, written by Kahlo upon pages that illustrate an amputation technique; a letter to a friend expresses her loneliness, and a simple request for coconut candies. Frida Kahlo never wrote an autobiography. Instead, she left behind a much more complex material universe.

5 comments:

plaisirs simples said...

this is amazing!!! i have to say i fell in love with her story after seeing the movie years ago. she is so fascinating and i definitely want to see more of this! great post!

Angela said...

Patti - you seriously need to come to Mexico!

LIBERTY POST EDITOR said...

I seriously need an 'angel investor' to send me to Mexico...please...anyone out there?????

Mademoiselle Frou-Frou said...

just when i thought i've seen it all...i wonder if it's real? she had such a colorful but sad life.
xox

MrPictures said...

Thank you Liberty Post! Well seen and well said. The things in this book definitely tell a story of love and pain and joy and anger. What passion!