I think the Fida Kahlo show was the best major Art exhibit I have ever seen. Better than Murakami or even better than her contemporary Salvadore Dali.
Although I knew a lot about Kahlo, I had seen the movie, and studied some of her work in school, for some reason I had never actually seen any of her paintings in person. I'd seen her husband's stuff (Diego Rivera) but not hers. What surprised me most about seeing her paintings was the strong emotional response I had to her work. Most of the artwork, I realized, were stories without words. Deeply personal and touching.
As with all art, a reproduction will never show the quality you'll see (or feel) if you look at it with your own eyes. If you missed this show in Philadelphia then it would actually be worth the trip to San Francisco to check it out.
Frida Kahlo at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Through September 28th 2008.
Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (Autorretrato con collar de espinas y colibrí), 1940
Nickolas Muray Collection, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, the University of Texas at Austin
© 2008 Banco de México, Trustee of the Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Av. Cinco de Mayo No. 2, Col. Centro, Del. Cuauhtémoc 06059, México, D.F.