They were the power couple of the art world but the exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, FRIDA KAHLO: APPEARANCES CAN BE DECEIVING, Through May 12, is actually a homage to a woman who continues to fascinate a legion of admirers worldwide. With a plethora of 350 objects, only eleven are paintings. The major portion of the show revolves around jewelry, decor, the native Tehuana cotumes and other traditional dresses, shawls and wraps.
We recognize Frida in dozens of self-portraits with her bold uni-brow and light mustache, the flower crown in her hair and the native costumes she preferred wearing as a symbol of her Mexican heritage. As an iconoclastic artist she painstakingly rendered striking, often shocking images that often reflect her pain and turbulent life. Frida''s journey actually began as a self-taught artist and evolved over time with kudos and international recognition.
On the cusp of her youthful dreams, Frida had entered in the premedical program at the National Preparatory School in Mexico City, but that ended when she was gravely injured in a trolley car accident three years later when she was eighteen years old. Despite spending a year in bed and enduring more than 30 operations recovering from fractures of her back, collarbone, ribs and a shattered pelvis, shoulder and neck injuries. The injuries left her broken as a youth and debilitated throughout much of her adult life. She suffered a life of constant pain and often had to wear a body brace to support her weakened condition.
At 21, Frida fell in love with Rivera, whose approach to art and politics mirrored her own. Although he was 20 years her senior, they were married in 1929 and she became his third wife, and from the onset they became intertwined in a tumultuous marriage. Although as a couple, they remained childless one can observe Frida’s anguish of miscarriage in her paintings. During most of their life together Frida was often immobilized in a cast in her bed, or confined to a hospital room awaiting an operation or recovering from a surgery. Her torment was abetted by Diego’s incorrigible philandering, once with Frida’s own younger sister, Cristina. Yet, Frida remained loyal often referring to him as her "Baby. "
Though they divorced in 1939 the couple remained inseparable and remarried in 1940. Frida’s painting “The Two Fridas,” a double self-portrait, painted in 1939 at the time of her divorce from Diego, is believed to be an expression of Frida’s feelings at the time.
The legendary artist has of late been transformed into a veritable cult figure with numerous books and films depicting her life. At one time there was even a cult of young women who would affect the Frida Kahlo look, simulating Tehuana costumes, the flowered headdresses and long skirts of the artist. In a lovely tribute to Frida Kahlo this exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum pays
due homage to a remarkable woman,
her incredible courage all her short life to create works of art with amazing messages that
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