Frida Kahlo is probably the most idolized artist of her time. At the root of the scholarly speculation and pop-culture paraphernalia lies "Frida Kahlo: An Open Life, " first published in Mexico in 1983 and now available in an English-language paperback for the first time. This irreplaceable, eclectic collection reveals the complexities, profound ...
Frida Kahlo is probably the most idolized artist of her time. At the root of the scholarly speculation and pop-culture paraphernalia lies "Frida Kahlo: An Open Life, " first published in Mexico in 1983 and now available in an English-language paperback for the first time. This irreplaceable, eclectic collection reveals the complexities, profound sadness, and immutable creative spirit of the famed Mexican painter. The intimate picture of the often enigmatic Kahlo presented in this book has become an invaluable source for scholars. The author, a prominent Mexican art critic and historian, befriended Diego Rivera, Kahlo's husband, in Chile and in 1953 came with him to Mexico City, where she met and interviewed Frida Kahlo a year before Kahlo's death. She lived with Kahlo for a while in Coyoac n in Mexico City and then for a time at Rivera's San Angel Inn home. "Frida Kahlo: An Open Life" uses medical records, journals, letters, interviews, and personal recollections to bring us closer than ever to the Mexican artist and her milieu.
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Very Good. Univ of New Mexico Pr [Published date: 1993]. Hard cover, 230 pp. English translation of 1983 original. Very good in very good dust jacket. Purple cloth covered boards with silver lettering on spine. Light rubbing and bumping along edges. Binding tight. Pages clean and unmarked with an occasional dog-eared corner. Dust jacket has a few tiny nicks and light creasing along the edges. Light overall rubbing and scratching. Now in an archival quality Brodart cover. NOT Ex-library. NO remainder marks. Includes 8 pp of b&w reproductions.
Publishers Weekly, 1993-02-15 Tibol, a Mexican art critic, befriended Frida Kahlo in 1953, a year before her death. She portrays the Mexican painter as a strangely beautiful woman, an artist whose ``pitiless immersion in the subconscious'' yielded a ``stern and tragic surrealism'' with roots in Mexican folklore and photorealist painting. Originally published in Spain in 1983 and now ably translated into English for the first time, this sometimes sketchy yet intimately revealing biography splices the author's impressions, excerpts from Kahlo's journals, letters to her husband Diego Rivera, interviews, medical records and oral testimony by Kahlo. A bus accident in which she was involved at age 18 made the painter's life an ordeal of constant physical suffering. Tibol probes the spiritual strength that enabled Kahlo to rebel against adversity. In her view Kahlo was maternal toward the obsessive, childish Rivera, yet their marriage was nevertheless one of mutual nourishment, growth and support. Kahlo's frank discussions with Tibol about the psychosexual symbolism in her paintings makes this a valuable source for those who want to understand her art. Photos. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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