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Art Lovers Book Club
Art Lovers Book Club

Event is FREE. Does not include General Admission.  Space is extremely limited. Participants must read the book in advance. Reserve your ticket today.

THE DIARY OF FRIDA KAHLO: AN INTIMATE SELF-PORTRAIT by Carlos Fuentes, with Frida Kahlo

Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1919-1954) kept a haunting journal during the last decade of her life, preoccupied with death, beset by declining health, isolation and repeated surgical operations resulting from the bus accident that severely damaged her spine, pelvic bones, right leg and right foot at the age of 18. This facsimile edition reproduces her handwritten, colored-ink entries and accompanying self-portraits, sketches, doodles and paintings, which fuse surrealism, pre-Columbian gods and myths, biomorphic forms, animal-human hybrids, and archetypal symbols. Ardent entries and love letters mirror her obsessive devotion to her husband, painter Diego Rivera. In his moving introduction, Mexican critic/novelist/poet Fuentes relates Kahlo's images of pain, loss, mutilation and transcendence to Mexico's historic cycles of revolution and reaction. Lowe, author of the study Frida Kahlo, ably places the journal in the context of the painter's shattered life. Sprinkled with irony, black humor, even gaiety, and augmented with translations of the diary entries plus commentaries and photographs, this volume is a testament to Kahlo's resilience and courage. - Publishers Weekly

Join us for an unusual look at Frida Kahlo, an artist that you think you may know. Learn about her artwork as part of the Phoenix Art Museum's permanent collection and its connections to women artists and collectors in the 20th Century.

 

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