Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s extraordinary life and iconic biographical paintings have earned her international renown in the world of modern art. Until Kahlo’s death in 1954, more than 6,500 personal photographs and items belonging to her and husband Diego Rivera were sealed and put in storage.
Artisphere gallery in Arlington, is the first and only venue in the United States to present Frida Kahlo: Her Photos, an exhibition featuring 259 images from the artist’s personal collection of photographs sealed until 2007.
” These images reveal a little-known side of the artist and lifelong resident of Coyoacán, a Mexico City suburb and Arlington, Virginia’s sister city. The collection of photographs in this exhibition reflect Kahlo’s tastes and interests, the experiences she shared with those close to her, and her complicated, but also thrilling, personal life. Viewers get an insider’s look, not only through who was behind the camera, in front of the lens or the anonymous nature of some of the work but also through the annotated writing found on the back of many of the photographs. “
Please note that in Diego Rivera’s will, he specified that the original images belonging to him and Frida Kahlo should never leave Mexico. As such, the images on view in this exhibition are carefully crafted reproductions.
The Exhibition is currently on view at Artisphere.