An exhibition at Bentley Gallery in Phoenix, Arizona of more than twenty vintage photos of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo that reveals aspects of the artist's legendary status. Captured by notable photographers of the 20th century such as Lucien Bloch, Imogene Cunningham, Nickolas Muray, and Edward Weston, the collection contains images that are candid as well as staged. In some photos, the artist poses near mirrors and in front of her own self-portraits—a nod to her practice of self-representation through symbolism and as a display of her raw skill as an artist.
Frida Kahlo was a revolutionary artist born amidst political chaos in her homeland of Mexico. She was always her own favorite model, which was not about preserving youthful beauty so much as identifying herself with Mexico. Frida Kahlo embodied alegría, – a lust for life. The photographs we have chosen to feature in the exhibition capture Kahlo’s essence. – Bentley Gallery Director John ReyesOn view at Bentley Gallery through Feb 27.