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Devouring Frida: The Art History and Popular Celebrity of Frida Kahlo
Beginning in the late 1970's Frida Kahlo achieved cult heroine status less for her richly surrealist self-portraits than by the popularization of the events of her tumultuous life. Her images were splashed across billboards magazine ads, and postcards; fashion designers copied the so-called "Frida" look in hairstyles and dress; and "Fridamania" even extended to T-shirts, j ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published April 28th 1999 by Wesleyan University Press
(first published 1999)
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Feb 11, 2020 Kristina rated it liked it
When I decide to concentrate on a single subject, I often try to read different books about the subject in order to get different perspectives. Devouring Frida: The Art History and Popular Celebrity of Frida Kahlo by Margaret A. Lindauer is my third book dealing with the art and life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Despite the difficult academic language (this book is written by an academic at Arizona State University and published by Wesleyan University Press), it is well worth reading to get a ...more
I don't agree fully with her pov -- she glosses over a lot of Frida's life to prove her point and I think that's a mistake. I also think that she glosses over Diego though in a strange way she has other critics mention his importance as well as supporting his importance via letters. In all it's a strange book, all with b& w pictures one reason it took so long to read as i had to keep looking up the pictures to see what they were writing about. the https://www.fridakahlo.org is invaluable here. S ...more
Jun 24, 2007 Sara rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: feminists, artists, women, anyone interested in the life and work of Frida Kahlo
Fascinating analysis of the legend vs. the reality of Frida Kahlo. Dense going, so it took me a very long time to finish it (especially since I only read it on trains and planes), but highly, highly recommended.
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