Katie McCann, Frida’s Red, 2018, collage, 15 x 12 in.
The World of Frida celebrates the culture, style, and persona of visionary Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), an artist who continues to inspire with her story of love, adventure, and pain. Celebrated globally today as an iconic, renegade artist and outspoken feminist, Kahlo’s life began perilously. Stricken with polio as a child, and injured as a teenager in a bus accident that left her permanently disabled, Kahlo was subjected to enormous pain and turmoil early in her life. While recovering from her accident, Kahlo returned to her childhood hobby — painting. Soothed by the solace of art making, it was during this period that she decided to become an artist.
While Kahlo’s life was short-lived — she died at 47— her story continues to inspire artists of the 21st century. The 95 international artists featured in The World of Frida have reinterpreted many aspects of Kahlo’s life in an array of media — from honoring her self-portraits, to depicting her love affair with Diego Rivera, to recognizing her emotional, physical, professional and societal struggles. The exhibition is an incredible tribute to an artist who continues to influence millions by the simple fact that she was always true to herself, no matter the cost. Organized by the Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA.
Thank you, Sponsors!
Haws, Minkinow, Kyser, & Crunkleton Programs and Exhibitions Endowment
Revelle Gwyn and Meyer Dworsky Dianne and Calame Sammons
Additional Support: The Alabama State Council on the Arts The Huntsville Museum of Art Guild