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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016



 [Screengrab from Julie Taymor's Frida, 2002. The O'Gorman house pictured in the background.]

Did you notice the little nod to Frida Kahlo in my Wandering post? She's been crossing my path a lot lately. In Some of My Lives: A Scrapbook Memoir, Rosamond Bernier writes of her adventurous visit to the daring Juan O'Gorman-designed early-1930s San Angel house shared by Kahlo and Diego Rivera (connected by a bridge, the red cube was Rivera's and the blue belonged to Kahlo). More recently, stylist Sibella Court channeled Kahlo's colorful aesthetic for a lush chapter in Nomad, and the traveling exhibition Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray opens at the Tuscon Museum of Art on January 28. (BTW, there's a beautiful online overview of Muray's iconic, painterly images over at the George Eastman House.)

[Nickolas Muray, Frida with Nick in her Studio, Coyoacán, 1941. Via Tuscon Museum of Art.]

Also opening January 28, the TMA's concurrent show, Frida's Style: Traditional Women's Costumes from Mexico. In Atlanta, another Frida-related exhibition is in the works: Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting is scheduled to open at the High roughly a year from now, February 16, 2013. Over 75 of the couple's strongest works will be included.

Kahlo did her share of self-portraits -- and is definitely known for smaller paintings as well as her distinctive eyes -- but I've never seen her trademark feature captured in miniature. Hand-painted eye miniatures, aka lover’s eyes, were in vogue in Europe more than a century before she was born. While London would likely be home to the world's largest collection of these pieces, today it's Birmingham, Alabama. Over the past two decades, Dr. and Mrs. David A. Skier of Birmingham (Nan and husband David, an eye doctor) have acquired 96 mysterious tiny works which will go on view at the BMA  February 7. I've been so focused on the ceramics that I neglected to mention The Look of Love. Emma Mustich explores the show over at Salon.


Janet said...

I once had a work colleague who had a brooch with one of those eye miniatures, and I always found myself inappropriately staring at her chest when she wore it. There's such a air of mystery about them. The Philadelphia Museum of Art also have a lovely little collection too.

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