Artisphere’s Frida Kahlo: Her Photos exhibition, curated by Pablo Ortiz Monasterio closed today. I am in awe of the woman who reluctantly created a cult around her own identity by using her personal experience as a new mythology for her heritage. Diego’s work has been in the public eye, with so much more political influence and social commentary, but he could never have seduced the world with such a power. Pure interest in the seeing the life behind the paintings, and the relationships that she formed with her contemporary visionaries bares evidence to the fetishization of celebrity lives that we have developed.
Despite some reviews of the exhibition, this show was impressive because of the breadth of topics presented in the collection. It offered insight into the artist’s value system by showing the kinds of images that she saved as inspiration, those that she preserved out of nostalgia, and those that she took herself.