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Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) and Diego Rivera's (1886-1957) legendary passion for each other and for Mexico's revolutionary culture during the 1920s and 1930s have made them among the twentieth century's most famous artists. During their life together as a married couple, Rivera achieved prominence as a muralist artist, while Kahlo's intimate paintings were embraced by the Surr Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) and Diego Rivera's (1886-1957) legendary passion for each other and for Mexico's revolutionary culture during the 1920s and 1930s have made them among the twentieth century's most famous artists. During their life together as a married couple, Rivera achieved prominence as a muralist artist, while Kahlo's intimate paintings were embraced by the Surrealist movement and the Mexican art world--but neither were especially well known in the broader context of art and modernism. After their deaths in the 1950s, important retrospectives of Kahlo's work enshrined her as one of the most significant women artists of the twentieth century, somewhat eclipsing Rivera's international fame as Mexico's greatest muralist painter. "Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting" offers a new perspective on their artistic significance for the twenty-first century, one that shows how their paintings reflect both the dramatic story of their lives together and their artistic commitment to the transformative political and cultural values of post-revolutionary Mexico. "Frida & Diego" features newly photographed color reproductions of 75 paintings and works on paper by both Kahlo and Rivera, rarely reproduced archival photographs and new biographical information on the couple assembled by scholar Dot Tuer. It is published on the occasion of an exhibition assembled from three distinguished Mexican private collections on Mexican art, and presented at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the High Museum of Art Atlanta.


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Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) and Diego Rivera's (1886-1957) legendary passion for each other and for Mexico's revolutionary culture during the 1920s and 1930s have made them among the twentieth century's most famous artists. During their life together as a married couple, Rivera achieved prominence as a muralist artist, while Kahlo's intimate paintings were embraced by the Surr Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) and Diego Rivera's (1886-1957) legendary passion for each other and for Mexico's revolutionary culture during the 1920s and 1930s have made them among the twentieth century's most famous artists. During their life together as a married couple, Rivera achieved prominence as a muralist artist, while Kahlo's intimate paintings were embraced by the Surrealist movement and the Mexican art world--but neither were especially well known in the broader context of art and modernism. After their deaths in the 1950s, important retrospectives of Kahlo's work enshrined her as one of the most significant women artists of the twentieth century, somewhat eclipsing Rivera's international fame as Mexico's greatest muralist painter. "Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting" offers a new perspective on their artistic significance for the twenty-first century, one that shows how their paintings reflect both the dramatic story of their lives together and their artistic commitment to the transformative political and cultural values of post-revolutionary Mexico. "Frida & Diego" features newly photographed color reproductions of 75 paintings and works on paper by both Kahlo and Rivera, rarely reproduced archival photographs and new biographical information on the couple assembled by scholar Dot Tuer. It is published on the occasion of an exhibition assembled from three distinguished Mexican private collections on Mexican art, and presented at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the High Museum of Art Atlanta.

30 review for Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting

  1. 5 out of 5

    Janebbooks

    This hardcover book with pictorial cover is the exhibition catalog of the FRIDA KAHLO/DIEGO RIVERA showing that was at the Art Gallery of Ontario (October 20, 2012 through January 20, 2013). The once in a lifetime exhibition will be at its only US location, the High Museum on Peachtree Street of Atlanta, Georgia, from February 14, 2013 through May 12, 2013. Along with black-and-white photographs of these Mexican artists, who shared an on-and-off-again relationship and marriage from the time they This hardcover book with pictorial cover is the exhibition catalog of the FRIDA KAHLO/DIEGO RIVERA showing that was at the Art Gallery of Ontario (October 20, 2012 through January 20, 2013). The once in a lifetime exhibition will be at its only US location, the High Museum on Peachtree Street of Atlanta, Georgia, from February 14, 2013 through May 12, 2013. Along with black-and-white photographs of these Mexican artists, who shared an on-and-off-again relationship and marriage from the time they met, the catalog contains color reproductions of most of the 30 plus paintings of Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) and the 45 plus paintings of Diego Rivera (1886-1957 in the exhibition. A six page essay about the confluence of passion and politics in Kahlo's and Rivera's lives makes their relationship as extraordinary as their paintings. Most of this important exhibition's paintings and lithographs are from the private collections of Museo Dolores Olmado of Xachmilco, Mexico...and the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art. In addition, three of Rivera's paintings in the Ontario Gallery collection will travel to Atlanta. Here are the paintings from US museums in the exhibition and the catalog: KAHLO: Self Portrait with Monkey (1938) the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY KAHLO: Self Portrait with Cropped Hair (1940) MOMA in NYC RIVERA: Spanish Still Life No 9 (1915) Nat'l Gallery of Art in Washington, D. C. RIVERA: Flower Day (1925) Los Angeles County Museum of California RIVERA: Flower Festival: Feast of Santa Anita (1931) MOMA in NYC I have already planned and booked a dream road trip from Jacksonville to see THIS ONLY EXHIBITION IN THE USA. In addition, we (three seniors and my older daughter) will take the 90 minute walking tour of the Fox Theatre, also on Peachtree Street. The “Fabulous Fox" is one of the best preserved 1920s movie palaces in existence today. It began life as a Masonic Temple and its Middle Eastern and Egyptian designs create a dreamlike spectacle of grandeur. And on the way back to Jacksonville...we'll briefly stop at Macon, Georgia for the first day of their Cherry Blossom Festival!! COME JOIN US!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting is the book that accompanies the art exhibit of the same name. I saw this exhibit a few years ago at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in Toronto. It was amazing. I’ve long been an admirer of Frida Kahlo’s art and saw a rare exhibition of her extensive collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art several years ago. This exhibit covered the relationship between Frida and her (on-again, off-again) husband Diego Rivera and their connection with politics Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting is the book that accompanies the art exhibit of the same name. I saw this exhibit a few years ago at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in Toronto. It was amazing. I’ve long been an admirer of Frida Kahlo’s art and saw a rare exhibition of her extensive collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art several years ago. This exhibit covered the relationship between Frida and her (on-again, off-again) husband Diego Rivera and their connection with politics and art. It was a brilliant exhibit. This book, Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting is the essence of the exhibit captured between book covers. Along with the text, there are many candid photos of Diego and Frida painting and just being together. There’s also a good selection of her paintings and his (which I really like his work as well). While this book does not take the place of an in depth biography of either person, its focus on a specific topic, the excellent selections of paintings reprinted in the book and the candid photographs make this a good book to read/add to your collection if you are fan of either artist.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sally Kilpatrick

    I'm glad I have this book as a keepsake from the exhibit at the High Museum. There's not a lot of prose to the book and not a ton of analysis, but it's worth it for the paintings and for the basic history of Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and how their work was shaped by both their love for each other and their mutual love of Mexico. I'm glad I have this book as a keepsake from the exhibit at the High Museum. There's not a lot of prose to the book and not a ton of analysis, but it's worth it for the paintings and for the basic history of Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and how their work was shaped by both their love for each other and their mutual love of Mexico.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    Although the exhibit was absolutely wonderful (minus the fact that The Two Fridas was not included), the curation in itself left much to be desired in terms of understanding the work of Frida and not overvaluing the work of Rivera. I have all the respect in the world for Rivera, but to open an exhibition with "he painted a story of Mexico" and "She painted her pain" that is just bollocks. To my outrage, the huge influence of Aztec culture and current politics in Frida's work were pretty much ove Although the exhibit was absolutely wonderful (minus the fact that The Two Fridas was not included), the curation in itself left much to be desired in terms of understanding the work of Frida and not overvaluing the work of Rivera. I have all the respect in the world for Rivera, but to open an exhibition with "he painted a story of Mexico" and "She painted her pain" that is just bollocks. To my outrage, the huge influence of Aztec culture and current politics in Frida's work were pretty much overlooked in the curation. Conversely, Rivera's work, which in many cases presents an essentialist view of Mexico and its indigenous population, was exalted throughout the exhibit as a "chronicle" of Mexico's history. I attended a talk by Tuer before the exhibit, and I am sure she is aware of the deficiencies in the curation. The AGO wanted to create a bestseller exhibit and that is what they got...and that is what is reflected in the book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I am so glad that a friend lent me this book. I love both these artists and admire their politics too. This book was beautifuly illustrated and had a dense critical text whih brought together the personal, political and artistic lives of these two great 20th century Mexicans.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    A very light read--it's mostly reproductions of paintings, since this is an exhibit catalog. Very good introductory essay, and wonderful photos of Frida and Diego at various stages of their lives. However, it does focus on Diego a bit too much, in my opinion. A very light read--it's mostly reproductions of paintings, since this is an exhibit catalog. Very good introductory essay, and wonderful photos of Frida and Diego at various stages of their lives. However, it does focus on Diego a bit too much, in my opinion.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shaynipper

    Especially liked paintings and photos - what an interesting life they led. And Frida was an amazing woman.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Edna

    Would love to see this show. There were some photos and works of art I had not seen.

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    Yazmin:] Alvarez

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