Monday, July 6, 2009
FRIDA KAHLO b. JULY 6th 1907
"I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration."
of course, there's her beauty & the bisexuality & the tragedy of her various afflictions & her persistence in the face of them & the sheer stupid bias of men about women artists & her persistence in the face of those fools. there's the catalytic connection w/the great diego rivera & then... there's the work itself. despite the odd cult that's sprung up around her, i think the work holds up in its lush colors & nightmarish figures & its insistence on the act & art of "looking." the spectator is always challenged & is never allowed to forget that challenge.