A huge new book by Taschen explores the life and work of the famous Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954). Widely recognized as a pioneering figure in contemporary understanding of gender and sexuality, Kahlo’s iconic image today – derived in particular from her more than 50 self-portraits showing her bold forehead, braided hair, and an array of floral decorations – has her legacy as one of the most influential and influential most profound artist of the 20th century.
At 624 pages and weighing nearly 12 pounds, Frida Kahlo. The complete paintings puts together all 152 of her works along with diary pages, letters, drawings, an illustrated biography and hundreds of photos by Edward Weston, Manuel and Lola Álvarez Bravo, Nickolas Muray and Martin Munkácsi, which glimpse moments from Kahlo’s life with her husband and wall painter Diego Rivera and Casa Azul, their home in Mexico City. Many of the pieces included have not been on public display for over 80 years.
Edited by Luis-Martin Lozano With contributions from Andrea Kettenmann and Marina Vázquez Ramos, the volume contextualizes Kahlo’s paintings by offering an intimate and far-reaching examination of her oeuvre, which was so profoundly shaped by her experiences with a lifelong disability and the endless need to question politics and ideas of identity. Lozano describes her unprecedented contributions in conversation with Nice that:
Their uniqueness in art history is based not only on a feminist agenda, as it has been emphasized in recent years, but above all in their ability to engage in ideological and aesthetic discussions of their time and their contemporaries, on topics such as art in public spaces and Surrealism, and make it part of your core as an artist.
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