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Frida Kahlo: Face to Face Hardcover – September 1, 2010
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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.
About the Author
JUDY CHICAGO is an artist, author, feminist, and educator whose career spans four decades. Her best-known work, The Dinner Party, is a monumental multimedia project that has been seen by more than one million viewers. FRANCES BORZELLO is a London-based art historian who has written extensively on cultural and gender issues.
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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. If this book was the first book that I read on Kahlo I probably wouldn't have continued my research. This book just didn't tell me enough about Kahlo to keep my interest. If you didn't already know who Kahlo was before you read this book you still wouldn't know when you finished reading it. I know this book was not intended to be a biography but it was just too focused on "Feminism" for me. The most impressive features about this book are it's size, the beautiful binding and the plates. The oversized plates in this book are "HD" quality and some of the best I have ever seen.
Bottom line....I was not impressed by this book. I wouldn't recommend it.