Devouring Frida: The Art History and Popular Celebrity of Frida Kahlo / Edition 1

Devouring Frida: The Art History and Popular Celebrity of Frida Kahlo / Edition 1

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by Margaret A. Lindauer
     
 

ISBN-10: 081956348X

ISBN-13: 9780819563484

Pub. Date: 04/30/1999

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

Beginning in the late 1970’s Frida Kahlo achieved cult heroine status less for her richly surrealist self-portraits than by the popularization of the events of her tumultuous life. Her images were splashed across billboards magazine ads, and postcards; fashion designers copied the so-called “Frida” look in hairstyles and dress; and

Overview

Beginning in the late 1970’s Frida Kahlo achieved cult heroine status less for her richly surrealist self-portraits than by the popularization of the events of her tumultuous life. Her images were splashed across billboards magazine ads, and postcards; fashion designers copied the so-called “Frida” look in hairstyles and dress; and “Fridamania” even extended to T-shirts, jewelry, and nail polish. Margaret A. Lindauer argues that this mass market assimilation of Kahlo’s identity has consistently detracted from appreciation of her work, leading instead to narrow interpretations based on “an entrenched narrative of suffering.” While she agrees that Kahlo’s political and feminist activism, her stormy marriage to fellow artist Diego Reviera, and the tragic reality of a progressively debilitated body did represent a biography colored by emotional and physical upheaval, she questions an “author-equals-the-work” critical tradition that assumes a :one-to-one association of life events to the meaning of a painting.” In kahlo’s case, Lindauer says, such assumptions created a devouring mythology, an iconization that separates us from rather than leads us to the real significance of the oeuvre. Accompanied by 26 illustrations and deep analysis of Kahlo’s central themes, this provocative, semiotic study recontextualizes an important figure in art history at the same time it addresses key questions about the language of interpretation, the nature of veneration, and the truths within self-representation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819563484
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
04/30/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
I. Preface
II. Introduction: Rereading Frida Kahlo
1. Frida as a Wife/Artist in Mexico
2. Frida of the Blood-Covered Paint Brush
3. The Language of the Missing Mother
4. Unveiling Politics
5. Fetishizing Frida
6. Notes
7. Bibliography
8. Index

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