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Sunday, February 3, 2008


Philadelphia Museum of Art - A Unique Double Header

More info: http://www,philamuseum.org/

Frida Kahlo
February 20, 2008 - May 18, 2008

Here is what the museum has to say about this extraordinary exhibition:

Organized in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the artist's birth, Frida Kahlo is the first major Kahlo exhibition in the United States in nearly fifteen years. It presents over 40 of the artist's most important self-portraits, still lifes, and portraits from the beginning of her career in 1926 until her death in 1954. Rendered in vivid colors and realistic detail, Kahlo's jewel-like paintings are filled with complex symbolism, often relating to specific incidents in her life. In her iconic self-portraits the artist continually reinvented herself. . . .The exhibition includes loans from over 30 private and institutional collections in the United States, Mexico, France, and Japan, several of which have never been on public view in the United States. [The exhibit] also features a selection of nearly 100 photographs of Kahlo and her husband, Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, by preeminent international photographers of the period, such as Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Lola Alvarez Bravo, Gisele Freund, Tina Modotti, and Nickolas Muray.

Hayden Herrera • Frida Kahlo scholar and biographerElizabeth Carpenter • Associate Curator, Walker Art Center, MinneapolisAt the Philadelphia Museum of Art:Michael Taylor • The Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern ArtEmily Hage • Modern and Contemporary Art

Fragile Demon: Juan Soriano in Mexico, 1935–1950
February 16, 2008 - May 11, 2008

At last an opportunity to view the work of this intriguing artist! Here is the museum's description of the exhibit:

[This exhibit] examines the early work of one of modern Mexico’s most intriguing artists. Although Juan Soriano (1920–2006) holds a critical position within the history of Mexican painting and sculpture from the 1930s until his recent death, his art is curiously almost unknown outside of Mexico. While recent exhibitions on Soriano have examined his paintings and sculpture from 1950 onward, very few have focused on the artist's exceptional paintings from the 1930s and 1940s. These works—portraits of friends and family, images of children, still-lifes, and landscapes—offer a distinctive variation on the themes and artistic styles that preoccupied Soriano's contemporaries. When Soriano moved to Mexico City in 1935 he entered into a lively visual and personal dialogue with Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Jose Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, among others. In addition to responding to the work of these prominent Mexican artists, he drew upon his deep interest in popular and indigenous arts, as well as Cubism, German Expressionism, Fauvism, and Surrealism, creating his own personal style of romantic realism.

Edward J. Sullivan • Professor of Fine Arts, New York University
At the Philadelphia Museum of Art:
Michael Taylor • the Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art
Emily Hage • Modern and Contemporary Art


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1 comment:

Jerrie Hurd said...

Saw her work in NYC long time ago. Loved it. Great to see more interest.