Explores Kahlo's life, art and legacies, while also scrutinizing the myths, contradictions and ambiguities that riddle her dramatic story and assesses Kahlo's critical impact on contemporary art and culture.
The life and work of Frida Kahlo were inextricably intertwined. Paintings are accompanied by essays that explore the artist's private writings and the intense public interest in her life, the role of physical and mental suffering in the creative process, and the coded and double meanings hidden in so much of her work.
Frida Kahlo achieved cult heroine status less for her richly surrealist self-portraits than by the popularization of the events of her tumultuous life. Margaret A. Lindauer argues that this mass market assimilation of Kahlo's identity has consistently detracted from appreciation of her work, leading instead to narrow interpretations based on "an entrenched narrative of suffering."
Explores prominent Latina icons and offers a description of the process of iconization. It attempts to define and provide meaning to these notable women within the context of popular symbols and the function these women played in the construction of their individual and collective Latina identity. Spanish Language Material
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This site offers listings and discussion of some of the works that have been created about or been inspired by the life and work of Frida Kahlo. Works of art, movies, plays, dance productions, and poetry are included.
A discussion of the growth of Fridamania “... the cult of Frida Kahlo, and the widespread commercial use of her image, is a phenomenon that has taken on a life of its own—quite separate from the body of work she left behind.”
A discussion of the growth of Fridamania “... the cult of Frida Kahlo, and the widespread commercial use of her image, is a phenomenon that has taken on a life of its own—quite separate from the body of work she left behind.” The particularly multifaceted nature of her identity means that she emerges as a representative for the LGBT+, Latina, Amerindian and the differently-abled communities simultaneously.
Frida Kahlo achieved celebrity even in her brief lifetime that extended far beyond Mexico’s borders, although nothing like the cult status that would eventually make her the mother of the selfie, her indelible image recognizable everywhere.
This article examines how Kahlo's development and influences from early 20th-century Mexico City played crucial roles in her personas as artist and celebrity and demonstrates how Kahlo's appropriation and production of material culture began even in her own lifetime and continues to multiply at an astonishing pace.
This essay works to review the poetry of the Welsh-French writer Pascale Petit through the lens of recent theoretical scholarship relating to women, violence, and confession. Locating the poetry of Petit alongside the painting of Frida Kahlo, I analyze the extent to which these artists are identified as ‘confessional’, and interrogate the validity, as well as the usefulness, of this problematic (and gendered) descriptor.