Frida Kahlo is one of the 20th century’s most celebrated artists, one who provides powerful inspiration for generations of women artists who emulate her devotion to honesty in self-perception and artistic expression. An artist with the surrealist revelations of the subconscious, she shared raw embodiments of her deepest self in blends of vibrant oils. “My painting carries with it the message of pain.” Frida said of her work.
Frida’s paintings and sketches, as well as variegated media created by a number of female surrealist artists are on view at LACMA’s expansive exhibition, In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women in Mexico and the United States. The exhibition is in the Resnick Pavilion from January 29th- May 6th 2012. It includes art from 1931-1968 – an important period for the feminist movement – from artists who shared empowering perceptions of femininity, including Louise Bourgeois, Leonora Carrington, Lee Miller, Kay Sage, Dorothea Tanning, and Remedios Varo.
I recommend her to you, not as a husband, but as an enthusiastic admirer of her work, acid and tender, hard as steel and delicate and fine as a butterfly’s wing, loveable as a beautiful smile, and profound and cruel as the bitterness of life.
- Famed muralist Diego Rivera said in recommendation of his wife Frida’s early work.