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Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) is one of the most well known Mexican artists in the world. Now, for the first time in the U.S., a selection of Kahlo’s personal photographs will be on display, drawing new insight into the artist’s tumultuous personal and professional life. “Frida Kahlo: Her Photos”, inaugurated on February 23, will go through March 25, 2012 at Artisphere – the first and only venue in the United States to present this exhibition.

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Frida Kahlo‘s paintings reflect a modernist take on folk art and integrate her experience of suffering. Frida Kahlo paintings included self portraits that depicted her physical and emotional pain and suffering. She used a lot of symbolism in her works and borrowed elements from surrealism and naive art.

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Frida Kahlo said regarding her painting “”I never paint dreams or nightmares. 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.”

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Frida painted her recollection of the last moments aboard the bus before the terrible accident that robbed her of her health. She is pictured on the far right. Notice that she is not dressed in traditional Mexican costume. She adopts that exotic look later, after her 1929 marriage to flamboyant Mexican muralist Diego Rivera.

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In the years 1937-38, Kahlo’s paintings show a thematic preoccupation with motherhood. In “What I Saw in the Water” the painter’s toes emerge from the water pointing up, but also, through the device of reflection, pointing back at the “events” of her life.

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The four parrots, borrowed from Hindu imagery in which they are considered bearers of the love god Kama, serve as erotic symbols of Frida’s relationship with the photographer Nikolas Muray.

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