A photographic memoir of the psychologically complex artist presents seventy photographs of Kahlo dating from her childhood to her death and offers a biographical discussion of her life and work. Simultaneous.
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Carla Stellweg has worked with Latin American art and artists for 25 years. In 1989, she founded the Carla Stellweg Latin American and Contemporary Art Gallery, which presents the works of emerging Latino artists. She lives and works in New York City.
Elena Poniatowska was born in Paris in 1933 and is today one of Mexico's leading literary and intellectual figures. Novelist, essayist, and journalist, she was the first woman to win Mexico's prestigious National Journalism Award. Her novella, Dear Diego,
The mythologizing of Kahlo continues with this compendium of photographic portraits of the Mexican painter, accompanied by a "memoir" by Poniatowska attempting to write as if she were Kahlo. The resulting essay is a singularly turgid bit of writing, surrounded by photos that have nearly all appeared in one of several recent biographies. Apparently striving to maintain the potency of the isolated image, the editors have gathered together detailed captions and photo credits in the book's final pages, forcing the curious reader to undertake a great deal of page-flipping to learn more about individual images. Kahlo was a person of transcendent beauty to the day she died, and without the artful photographs, the book would be bereft of any compelling content. While this endeavor is little more than a hiccup within a continuum of more well-rounded and intellectually rigorous titles on Kahlo, one can't help hoping that it does not represent a new direction in art historical study. Sara Lowe's Frida Kahlo ( LJ 5/15/92) is the preferred title.
- Douglas F. Smith, Oakland P.L., Cal.
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Book Description Chronicle Books, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110811802159
Book Description Chronicle Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0811802159 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0399717
Book Description Chronicle Books, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0811802159