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FRIDA KAHLO LOVE LETTERS SELL FOR $137,000 AT DOYLE NEW YORK

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in Collections, Exhibitions, Frida Kahlo, History, News | 0 comments

A group of love letters written by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo sold for $137,000 at Doyle New York on April 15, 2015. The 25 letters were written by Frida Kahlo to Jose Bartoli, a Catalán émigré artist whom she met in New York. Many of the letters include keepsakes inserted by Kahlo, among them drawings, photographs, pressed flowers and other mementos. The successful bidder was a private collector in New York, who is also an artist and a great admirer of Frida Kahlo. These unpublished letters, dating from 1946 through 1949 and comprising more than 100 pages in Spanish, were secreted away and cherished by Bartoli until his death in 1995. They remained in the possession of Bartoli’s family, who made the decision to offer the letters at auction, 20 years after his death. Frida Kahlo met José Bartoli...

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Diego Rivera Retakes it’s place at MOMA

Posted by on Nov 10, 2011 in Collections, History, Murals, News | 0 comments

By Rafael Mathus CORRESPONDENT NEW YORK .-  After 80 years, Diego Rivera returned yesterday to claim a star on the walls of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and revive a message that despite the passage of time, it seems more valid than ever. Yesterday, we inaugurated the exhibition Diego Rivera murals for the Museum of Modern Art, that brings back five of the eight murals painted Mexican mobile for his first retrospective at MoMA in 1931, and in which captured images of the history of Mexico and harsh criticism of the economic and social situation left by the Great Depression, today, with nuances, is repeated in America. In addition to the murals, the exhibition includes three sketches, prototype portable mural done in 1930 and smaller drawings, watercolors and prints by Rivera. The exhibition will open...

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Leonora Carrington dies at 94 in Mexico

Posted by on May 26, 2011 in Frida Kahlo, History | 0 comments

MEXICO CITY—British-born painter, writer and sculptor Leonora Carrington, considered one of the last of the original surrealists, has died, Mexico’s National Arts Council confirmed Thursday. She was 94. Carrington was known for her haunting, dreamlike works that often focused on strange ritual-like scenes with birds, cats, unicorn-like creatures and other animals as onlookers or seeming participants. She was also part of a famous wave of artistic and political emigres who arrived in Mexico in the 1930s and ’40s — and in the male-dominated realm of surrealism, was a member of a rare trio of Mexico-based female surrealists along with Frida Kahlo and Remedios Varo. “She was the last great living surrealist,” said longtime friend and poet Homero Aridjis. “She was a living legend.” Friend and promoter Dr. Isaac Masri said she died Wednesday of old age, after being hospitalized....

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Detroit was muse to legendary artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo

Posted by on Apr 27, 2011 in History | 0 comments

Louis Aguilar / The Detroit News They are Detroit legends, despite living here for less than a year. Seventy-nine years ago, Mexican artist Diego Rivera and his wife, Frida Kahlo, rolled into Depression-era Detroit and quickly ignited so much controversy it nearly closed the Detroit Institute of Arts. It was here, in this tough factory town seemingly on the verge of economic collapse, that both artists were pushed to create masterpieces. Rivera’s “Detroit Industry” murals at the DIA are considered one of his finest works. And Detroit is where a young and still unknown Kahlo created her first great paintings, one of which is now owned by another famous Metro Detroiter: Madonna. Their story is a prototype of the fight we still have today about Detroit. Is it an innovative place for artists like Rivera believed? Or a “shabby...

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Frida Kahlo’s father wasn’t Jewish after all

Posted by on Apr 11, 2011 in Frida Kahlo, History, News | 0 comments

or decades now, ever since an international revival of interest in the paintings and life of Mexico’s Frida Kahlo, art historians and critics, including this writer, have been writing that Frida’s photographer father was Jewish, possibly of Hungarian origin. A new book devoted to Guillermo Kahlo and his photography reveals that he had no Jewish genes and stemmed from a long line of German Protestants

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Diego Rivera: The Cubist Portraits, 1913-1917 at the Meadows Museum

Posted by on Nov 19, 2010 in Collections, History, News, Site, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Diego Rivera: The Cubist Portraits, 1913-1917 at the Meadows Museum

Rivera said he literally heard bells. But that was probably just nerve damage, and if indeed there was a real epiphany, it didn’t precipitate his abandonment of reclining female figures but rather the end of a five-year fling with Cubism, one chronicled in Diego Rivera: The Cubist Portraits, 1913-1917, at the Meadows Museum through September 20.

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