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Frida Kahlo: Face to Face Hardcover – September 1, 2010
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While most of us are very familiar with the vast number of self portraits Kahlo painted, portraits that tell us as much about the art milieu of her time as any essay, there are many works presented here that are less well known and that deserve the attention the dialogue between Chicago and Borzello offer. The reproductions of both Kahlo's works as well as reproductions of frescoes, retablos, and other images from the past that can be noted as seeds in many of Kahlo's paintings are first class. From the rich cover of the book, emphasizing red (a favorite hue for Kahlo's dress and art), through to the details selected from Kahlo's works magnified for closer examination, this is a book of quality. And as if all of this shared imagery and information weren't enough this book is also a fine format for the gender issues both authors address. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, December 10
The book begins with a 5 page "Introduction" written by Chicago. In this essay Chicago explains how she became involved in the writing of this book and that one of their goals for this book was "...to consider Kahlo's art without constantly referring to her biography as a way of explaining the imagery". I find this goal very difficult if not impossible....Kahlo painted a diary of her life....her work is her biography on canvas. The focus of this "essay", and the rest of the book, is mostly Chicago's feminist views and the inequality of women artist throughout history and into the present.
I have to say that I was disappointed in this book. I put this book aside several times but in the interest of a fair review I forced myself to finish it. There were times when the content was so focused on the feminist movement that I lost sight of the fact the book was about Kahlo. This book should have been titled: "The History of the Feminist Movement in Art". I have researched Kahlo's life and work for the past 7 years and read more than 30 Kahlo books.Read more ›
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I saw this book at a museum in San Francisco and knew I had to get it as a gift for a family member. It makes a great coffee table book. Read morePublished on January 18, 2011 by Ikubamay