Frida Kahlo: de Young Exhibition Catalogue

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Frida Kahlo (1907–1954), as an artist and a woman, has a unique international appeal. Her instantly recognizable work draws extensively on her life and her extraordinarily personal reflections upon it.

On Kahlo’s death, her husband, Diego Rivera (1886–1957), ordered that her most private possessions be locked away until 15 years after his death. The bathroom in which her belongings were stored in fact remained unopened until 2004. Through this incredible archive, Frida Kahlo gives readers a unique window into Kahlo’s life and serves as one of the two official exhibition catalogues for Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving at the de Young in San Francisco. The catalogue focuses on the personal belongings of Frida Kahlo, showcasing her prosthetics, jewelry, and wardrobe with self-portraits, diary entries, and letters to build an intimate portrait of the artist through her possessions, setting this in the context of her political and social beliefs and her artistic output. The other companion exhibition catalogue is Frida Kahlo and San Francisco which contains essays about Kahlo's relationship with San Francisco and features major works of art lent only to the de Young museum. Special de Young edition with foreword by Director Thomas P. Campbell. Hardcover, 256 pages.


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"Experience an intimate glimpse into the life of the iconic artist through this collection of her personal articles, locked away from public view for fifty years in her Mexico City home and museum. Clothing, corsets, cosmetics, and even her prosthetic leg help illuminate the account of her inspirational life story. In hardcover at an affordable price, Frida Kahlo will enhance your library with a treasured keepsake from this remarkable exhibition."

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