The public has long expressed a love affair with Frida Kahlo and her prolific, emotive, autobiographical body of work. Now the art world is honoring this love with several exhibitions across the country devoted to the woman behind the art. “Mirror, Mirror,” an exhibition which just opened at Throckmorton Fine Art in Manhattan, is featuring rare, vintage portraits of Kahlo in photographs. In Detroit, another exhibit takes a close look at Kahlo and Rivera’s brief time in that city, when Rivera was commissioned to paint the labor mural “Detroit Industry.” In Ft Lauderdale, “Kahlo, Rivera and Mexican Modern Art” explores the relationship between the artists and Mexican modernism. And finally, “Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life,” which recently opened at the New York Botanical Garden, includes paintings and works on paper that highlight Kahlo’s fervent interest in the natural world and botanicals, and features a display of flora in an imaginative recreation of Kahlo’s garden, home and studio in Mexico City, La Casa Azul.
Frida Kahlo’s iconic status in popular culture is not news to most, and certainly not to the patrons of Eye’s Gallery. Here at Eye’s, we offer our own version of “Fridamania,” year round, with our curated selection of Frida-inspired Mexican folk art and Frida jewelry. We also, on occasion, have been known to carry Frida socks, Frida pillows, and even Frida curtains! But we’re sure glad this amazing woman and artist is being recognized and honored in these wonderful shows, and hope to be able to see some of them in person!