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Frida in America: The Creative Awakening of a Great Artist

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The riveting story of how three years spent in the United States transformed Frida Kahlo into the artist we know today

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo adored adventure. In November, 1930, she was thrilled to realize her dream of traveling to the United States to live in San Francisco, Detroit, and New York. Still, leaving her family and her country for the first time was
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Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by St. Martin's Press
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Celia Stahr has presented us with a full and well-researched account of Frida Kahlo’s life and loves, troubles and tragedies, brilliance and bloom. Frida seems to have emerged and re-emerged out of her life experience on a daily basis, catepillar to butterfly, by infinity loops.

Frida in America: The Creative Awakening of a Great Artist helped me understand better this woman whose work disturbed me. Having grown up with a mother who painted, my sibs and me were constantly plunked
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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In 2015, I saw the Detroit Institute of Art (DAI) exhibition Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit. I knew Diego Rivera from the DIA court murals but I had known little about Frida Kahol. Reading Frida Kahol in America by Celia Stahr, specifically about Kahlo's time in Detroit, I could clearly remember her painting of her miscarriage in Henry Ford Hospital. We listened to the story on headphones and studied the unforgettable painting.

Although the exhibit included works by Rivera, it was
Robin Tobin (On the back porch reading)
Frida is such a fascinating woman. I find myself so drawn to her life and art. This biography is the best I have read. I devoured this read. I will reread it again and again.
The author made it easy to feel you were next to Frida as her life unfolded. The sounds, smells, emotions, love, hate, discoveries, pain and innocence all unfolding with crisp detail and heartfelt wordsmithing... I truly have my mouth open in awe as I finish the last page. I wish it wasn't over....
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Frida in America: The Creative Awakening of a Great Artist by Celia Stahr is an Advanced Reader Copy sent to me by the publisher. I’d like to thank St. Martin’s Press for noticing my interest in Frida Kahlo and sending me the book to read. I wish I could give it a more enthusiastic review.

I first learned of Frida Kahlo, the great Mexican artist, when I was shelving art books as one of my duties working in a university library. Hayden Herrera’s book, Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo caught my
Shuhada Ramli
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rating : 4.5 stars

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It is a very comprehensive biography of Frida Kahlo contains of vibrant colours of her life, a prominent talent and her tormented emotions. As someone who appreciate arts and paintings, I was fascinated by the way Frida expressed her feelings especially the horrendous pain of her life through her artworks. Her broken marriage and upside down relationship with her husband Diego Rivera made me feel so sad about whatever things came up to her life.

Despite all the great
Rachel Pollock
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this historical look at a brief window of the life and career of Frida Kahlo. Lots of primary sources cited and some fascinating speculative analysis about her use of symbolism in various areas of her art and life. It was particularly cool to read this right before attending the Frida/Diego exhibit at the NC Museum of Art, showcasing the paintings of both Kahlo and Rivera, and also including works of their contemporaries and personal photographic portraits of one or both artists. ...more
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Frida in America by Celia Stahr is a stunning biography into the fascinating and short life of the talented Frida (Frieda) Kahlo. This book focusses on the two years (1930/1932) that Frida and Diego Rivera visited, lived, and traveled throughout America.

Ms Stahr was gracious enough to also give the reader plenty of insight into events that occurred in not only Frida’s life growing up and her earlier years before Rivera, but also the backgrounds of both her parents and many of her friends.

Shari Suarez
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is primarily a biography of Frida Kahlo when she was living in the United States with Diego Rivera. It gives a good insight into her mindset at the time as well as describing and analyzing the paintings she did at the time. The author also gives an excellent insight into Frida's state of mind as well as background about her family. Very well researched and interesting.
Jeaninne Escallier Kato
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Finally...a companion book to Hayden Herrera's seminal 1983 extensive biography about Frida Kahlo called "Frida." Bravo to Celia Stahr for giving her readers a new angle on Frida's life in her biography "Frida in America." I found Ms. Stahr's version just as important as Ms. Herrera's breakthrough novel. I read this book as fast as I eat popcorn, popping one tasty page into my mind as fast as I could scan it. In fact, like I did with Herrera's novel, I will have to read Stahr's novel, again and ...more
Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Frida in America by Celia Stahr

If you are an art history major, this is your book. The life of Frida Kahlo, and, secondarily, her famous painter husband, Diego Rivera, is told in this extremely well researched book. Frida’s artistic life and her marriage to Diego were inarguably influenced by living three years in the United States.

The stories of their travels to San Francisco, New York City and Detroit are interesting. Who Frida and Diego meet and spend time with is important to their overall
Theresa Leone Davidson
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
St. Martin's Press sent me an advance copy of this book, although of course that in no way influences my very positive review: the book is fantastic. Well researched and painstakingly detailed, it is mostly about Frida Kahlo's life when she lived in the United States but it includes more than just that: there is considerable information about her earlier life, before she met her husband, muralist Diego Rivera, including the horrible bus accident she was in, her political beliefs and friends, her ...more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: artists, art historians, feminists, Marxists, anyone interested in Frida Kahlo
Recommended to Doria by: St. Martin's Press
[I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from the publisher, St. Martin's Press.]

The focus of this intensive biography of Frida Kahlo is a narrow but vital three-year period—1930-1933—when the artist was living abroad with her famous husband, Diego Rivera, in three different cities in the continental United States. Author Celia Stahr is interested in what she calls “the impact of place” upon the emerging young Mexican artist, and she notes further that “blood and the concept of duality
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When it is snowy and cold outside, superspeed readers like me can read 150 - 200+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book… and many more today. LOL

I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do .

The riveting story of how three years spent in the United
Jan 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to learn more about Frida but I never really got a sense of who she was. At 5% in I felt that a lot of the book was she did, she said, she went there and saw that. It wasn't written in a chronological fashion starting with her childhood and progressing through her school years and meeting and marrying Diego. I felt like the author did a tremendous amount of research in order to write the book and that's why I went with three stars but at one point the author is talking about ...more
Anubha Ghoshal
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had heard a lot about Frida Kahlo but never actually knew anything at all about her. I know I live in a hole. I thought she was a poet cuz she was famous and I thought that's why. But as it turns out she was an artist, a painter. She was Mexican born and shifted to America with her husband, Diego at a very young age. Her husband was a mural artist. The interesting thing was that at young age, Frida was a student of Diego, and teased her about him painting nude women and later came to marry ...more
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a fabulous and fascinating look at the life of Frida Kahlo in the early 1930's. This covers her and her husband's time visiting America and the influence that it had on Frida's paintings and subject matter, with lots of additional information about her early life and family. I am in awe of her strength in the face of such adversity and pain, it really made her art so incredibly moving and unique. It is amazing to think that she was accompanying her renowned artist husband, Diego Rivera, on ...more
Cheryl Sokoloff
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book and so it goes without saying that if you are looking to familiarize yourself with Frida Kahlo, IMO, this is definitely the book to turn to. Celia Stahr goes into so many details, looking in depth at not only Celia's youth in Mexico, but her parents background and upbringing, as well as Diego's, and Diego's family. Stahr also describes and provides detailed analysis of all of Frida's major works and details of Rivera's murals before, and during their stay in ...more
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