Devouring Frida: The Art History and Popular Celebrity of Frida Kahlo

Margaret A. Lindauer

starting within the overdue 1970’s Frida Kahlo accomplished cult heroine prestige much less for her richly surrealist self-portraits than through the popularization of the occasions of her tumultuous lifestyles. Her photos have been splashed throughout billboards journal advertisements, and postcards; type designers copied the so-called “Frida” glance in hairstyles and get dressed; and “Fridamania” even prolonged to T-shirts, jewellery, and nail polish. Margaret A. Lindauer argues that this mass marketplace assimilation of Kahlo’s id has constantly detracted from appreciation of her paintings, prime as a substitute to slender interpretations according to “an entrenched narrative of suffering.” whereas she concurs that Kahlo’s political and feminist activism, her stormy marriage to fellow artist Diego Reviera, and the tragic fact of a gradually debilitated physique did characterize a biography coloured by means of emotional and actual upheaval, she questions an “author-equals-the-work” serious culture that assumes a :one-to-one organization of lifestyles occasions to the that means of a painting.” In kahlo’s case, Lindauer says, such assumptions created a devouring mythology, an iconization that separates us from instead of leads us to the genuine importance of the oeuvre. observed by way of 26 illustrations and deep research of Kahlo’s critical topics, this provocative, semiotic research recontextualizes an incredible determine in artwork historical past while it addresses key questions on the language of interpretation, the character of veneration, and the truths inside self-representation.

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