WEEK 1 PART 5: Frida Kahlo
Our relationship with our journal is important. It’s a safe place to purge in, to refocus, to process. By researching an artist and using our journal as a notebook, we develop the relationship further and connect ourselves with art history by becoming it ourselves. Write in your journal about your relationship with it and your relationship with Frida.
Feet? Why do I need you, If I have wings to fly.
What about Frida’s relationship with and influence on other artists? What do other artists say about Frida?
Research online and in books.
The one of me is eternally grateful for the Happiness that the half of you so generously gave. – Nickolas Muray to Frida
Through her paintings, she breaks all the taboos of the woman’s body and of female sexuality. – Diego Rivera on Frida
The art of Frida Kahlo is a ribbon around a bomb. – Andre Breton about Frida
… Breton arrived in 1938 and was enchanted with Mexico, which he found to be a ‘naturally surrealist’ country, and with Kahlo’s painting. Partly through his initiative, she was offered a show at the fashionable Julian Levy Gallery in New York later in 1938, and Breton himself wrote a rhetorical catalogue preface. The show was a triumph, and about half the paintings were sold. In 1939, Breton suggested a show in Paris, and offered to arrange it. Kahlo, who spoke no French, arrived in France to find that Breton had not even bothered to get her work out of customs. The enterprise was finally rescued by Marcel Duchamp, and the show opened about six weeks late. It was not a financial success, but the reviews were good, and the Louvre bought a picture for the Jeu de Paume. Kahlo also won praise from Kandinsky and Picasso. She had, however, conceived a violent dislike for what she called ‘this bunch of coocoo lunatic sons of bitches of surrealists.’ She did not renounce Surrealism immediately. in January 1940, for example, she was a participant (with Rivera) in the International Exhibition of Surrealism held in Mexico City. Later, she was to be vehement in her denials that she had ever been a true Surrealist. ‘They thought I was a Surrealist,’ she said, ‘but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.’
Find photos of Frida, cut, print etc. and glue them in your journal.
In part 6:
We’ll do a self-portrait in Frida’s style.