Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Interesting Couple | Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera

Over the weekend a Pinterest-er I follow streamed a bunch of pins (well, about 13 and maybe growing) for a new board called “Frida Party”. … … What a great idea! The pins show lots of festive decorations where bright colors abound, cupcakes and cookies with Frida’s image look too cute to eat except they also look sugary tasty, and more fun stuff – find your own inspiration out there. I like the "Vibrant & Festive Frida Kahlo Inspired Mexican Party" by Hostess with the Mostess. There is a bottle of tequila Frida would approve.

All this Frida kerfuffle started long after her death in 1954 with a new found interest in Neomexicanismo in late 1970s to early 1980s, with another bout of purchases and inspiration in early 1990s, and reached a zenith of sorts in 2000s that started with a big thrust of her persona and art into wider consciousness through American biographical movie “Frida” released in 2002. The movie is a great visual feast behooving Frida, and since it is a biography it shows the tumultuous relationship between Frida and Diego Rivera, whose art overshadowed hers through their two marriages and all the in-between till she was rediscovered on her own terms, albeit posthumously. I will leave this blog as mostly about Frida; Diego had his time in the press with his larger than life works and person. Together as people who created great works so different in scale and themes, they are an Interesting Couple.

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