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Frida Kahlo : face to face /
Judy Chicago with Frances Borzello.
imprint
Munich [Germany] ; New York : Prestel, c2010.
description
252 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 34 cm.
ISBN
3791343602 (hbk.), 9783791343600 (hbk.)
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imprint
Munich [Germany] ; New York : Prestel, c2010.
isbn
3791343602 (hbk.)
9783791343600 (hbk.)
catalogue key
7384477
 
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At once deeply personal and brilliantly perceptive, this dynamic reconsideration of the life and work of Frida Kahlo is curated by the prominent feminist artist Judy Chicago, who helped introduce American audiences to Kahlo's paintings.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2011-02-15:
Popular feminist artist Chicago shares her interpretation of this Mexican mega-artist with Borzello (Seeing Ourselves: Women's Self-Portraits). Two essays and nine chapters feature their short comments on 100 of Kahlo's paintings, presented topically. They focus on her body of work rather than view her opus through a tragic lens as other authors have done. They are successful when pinpointing feminist references and objectively exploring Kahlo's iconography. Chicago's response is often personal and visceral, while Borzello's is calm and informative; both succumb to biographical allusions, e.g., when Chicago admits her reaction to the affair between Kahlo's younger sister Cristina and Kahlo's then-husband, Diego Rivera. This large, fine-art eye-candy volume also references other feminist artworks on its colorful heavy stock pages. The writing is conversational but does not always provide consistent interpretative interplay. The lack of thorough documentation and an index as well as intermittent page numbering may frustrate academics. VERDICT A pleasant dip into the iconic works of this ubiquitous celebrity. Recommended for comprehensive circulating art collections and Kahlo, feminist, and Chicago fans.-Marianne Laino Sade, Maryland Inst. Coll. of Art Lib., Baltimore (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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For decades Judy Chicago has worked to ensure that women's artistic achievements become a permanent part of our cultural heritage. In this book she turns her attention to the work of Frida Kahlo. Essays explore Kahlo's many facets - woman, artist, historical figure, and inspiration.
Library of Congress Summary
This volume examines the life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954). The authors present Kahlo's story through their interpretations of and their commentary about 100 of Kahlo's paintings. They explore Kahlo's many faces -- woman, artist, historical figure, and inspiration. The authors discuss how Kahlo's work fits in with some of the major themes of women's art throughout the 20th century, including gender, the body, relationships, the self, pain, pride, and culture.
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At once deeply personal and brilliantly perceptive, this dynamic reconsideration of the life and work of Frida Kahlo is curated by the prominent feminist artist Judy Chicago, who helped introduce American audiences to Kahlo's paintings. For decades Judy Chicago has worked tirelessly to ensure that women's artistic achievements become a permanent part of our cultural heritage. In this sumptuous, large format book, she turns her attention to the work of Frida Kahlo, one of the world's most revered female painters. In this volume Chicago, together with her collaborator, art historian Frances Borzello, has handpicked a selection of Kahlo's work, a hundred portraits that speak to the full spectrum of women's experience. The result is a fascinating conversation between two artistic icons, one that is further enhanced by a dialogue between Chicago and Borzello, an authority on women's portraiture. The book features each work on its own spread, facing commentary by Chicago and Borzello. Essays explore Kahlo's many facets: woman, artist, historical figure, and inspiration. Designed to evoke a Mexican retablo, or altarpiece, this volume reframes Frida Kahlo for a contemporary audience.

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