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10 Frida Kahlo Paintings That Don’t Get Enough Love

Many adjectives are used to describe renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Obscure is not one of them. She didn’t sell many paintings during her lifetime, but now, everyone wants a piece of her. And even though she is more popular than ever, some of her paintings don’t get much love, like:

“What the Water Gave Me”

What the Water Gave Me Frida Kahlo
Photo Credit: frida-kahlo-foundation.org

Completed in 1938, this painting is basically Kahlo’s biography in water. Everything in the water is symbolic of a significant event or circumstance in her life. Kahlo’s life was full of pain. She had polio as a child, she almost died in a street car accident in her teens and she went through 30 operations in her lifetime. She also had two miscarriages and, of course, there was her tumultuous love affair with Diego Rivera.

“Cactus Fruits”

Cactus Fruits Frida Kahlo
Photo Credit: frida-kahlo-foundation.org

At first glance, this piece from 1937 appears to be a simple still life, but check out how the fruit is painted. Almost like it’s bleeding, right? There are even stains on the fabric below the plate. Frida suffered in her lifetime and it’s apparent even when she painted fruit, you guys!

“Four Inhabitants of Mexico”

Four Inhabitants of Mexico
Photo Credit: frida-kahlo-foundation.org

Check out a childhood version of Kahlo surrounded by symbolic inhabitants of Mexico. Grab a drink, sit a minute and try to figure out what it all means — like the guy in the front wearing overalls. Hmm… I mean it’s not Diego Rivera, but he sure does dress like him. And that pre-Columbian Nayarit figure just happens to be missing feet?

READ: Would You Recognize Frida Kahlo as a Child?

Girl with Death Mask

Girl with Death Mask
Photo Credit: frida-kahlo-foundation.org

This 1938 portrait of a lonesome masked four-year-old girl with Day of the Dead paraphernalia lives in the Nagoya City Art Museum in Japan. Many speculate that the little girl is Frida herself. What do you think?

“My Dress Hangs There”

My Dress Hangs There
Photo Credit: frida-kahlo-foundation.org

From 1930-1934, Kahlo lived in the United States with husband Diego Rivera. This painting is a window into Kahlo’s feelings about the US. Hint: she did not enjoy her stay. She once said, “The most important thing for everyone in Gringolandia is to have ambition and become ‘somebody,’ and frankly, I don’t have the least ambition to become anybody.” Perhaps her lack of ambition to become “somebody” is why her dress is featured in the painting, but not Frida.

“Moses Nucleus of Creation”

Moses Nucleus of Creation
Photo Credit: frida-kahlo-foundation.org

An engineer named Don José Domingo Lavin asked Kahlo to read Sigmund Freud’s book Moses and pretty much paint a book report about it. Here’s the thing though, Kahlo’s visual book report is no substitute for the actual book. She explained, “I read the book only once, and started the painting with my first impression. Later I read it again, and I must confess I found my work most inadequate and quite different from the interpretation Freud analyzes so marvelously in his [book] Moses. But now there’s no way to change it.” Notice that in the middle of the painting is an abandoned baby. Not only does the baby resemble Diego Rivera, it also has a third eye of wisdom, which is how Frida painted Diego in other portraits.

READ: 10 Trends Frida Kahlo Started

“Self Portrait on the Borderline between Mexico and the United States”

Self Portraint on the Borderline Between Mexico and the United States
Photo Credit: frida-kahlo-foundation.org

First you think, “Oh look she’s so demure and pretty in pink,” but then you notice her nipples are standing at attention and she’s smoking – look closely at her right hand. Made when she was in the US with Rivera, Kahlo juxtaposes Mexico’s pre-Hispanic roots with the US, a land of industry. It appears that though she may physically be in the US, her loyalty is with Mexico.

“Shcaufenster in Detroit”

Shcaufenster in Detroit Frida Kahlo
Photo Credit: frida-kahlo-foundation.org

This piece from 1932 appears to show Kahlo looking into a store window in Detroit. At first glance, you probably wouldn’t guess it was a Kahlo painting. It’s fascinating because Kahlo was miserable during her stay in Detroit and suffered a miscarriage while she was there.

“Still Life with Parrot”

Still Life with Parrot
Photo Credit: frida-kahlo-foundation.org

In the latter part of her life, Kahlo worked on still life paintings like this one from 1951. She said they were easier than self portraits. Kahlo also hoped they would sell quickly so she could use the money for medical bills.

“The Last Supper”

The Last Supper Frida Kahlo
Photo Credit: frida-kahlo-foundation.org

This particular painting is mind-blowing because it’s like she invited a bunch of her previous self portraits to come share their last meal together.

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The Pink Seesaws Along The U.S.-Mexico Border Won Design of the Year For 2020

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The Pink Seesaws Along The U.S.-Mexico Border Won Design of the Year For 2020

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For many years now, when you think of the U.S.-Mexico border, you think of the families torn apart by cruel and inhumane immigration policies and of kids and families being thrown into cages.

One artist tried to highlight the cruelty happening at the border, while also providing local children with a happy distraction, through an art installation at the border zone between El Paso, TX and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua.

Now, that art installation is gaining international recognition for its aim to bring together a physically divided community.

Pink seesaws installed along the U.S.-Mexico border have won a prestigious design award.

The collection of bright pink seesaws placed along the border wall between a section of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez is being recognized for its importance. The art installation/children’s playground that allowed people to interact through the border wall has won the prestigious Design of the Year award, with its creators saying they hoped the work encourages people to build bridges between communities.

The Teeter Totter Wall, which bridged across El Paso in Texas and Ciudad Juárez in Chihuahua during a 40-minute session, was described as not only feeling “symbolically important” but also highlighting “the possibility of things” by the judging panel.

Original story published July, 25, 2019:

Lately, when you think of the U.S-Mexico border, you think of the children being kept in cages, of migrant folks being kept in unthinkable conditions in detention prisons, and you think of the possible construction of Donald Trump’s beloved wall–among other negative connotations that the border brings. Then there are times when heartwarming images and scenes from the border show that despite the weaponization of the border, we’re still connected to one another in many ways. 

Architect and artist Ronald Rael designed and installed pink seesaws at the border for children from the United States and Mexico to play together.

The art installation, “Teeter-Totter Wall,” was created by Rael, an architecture professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and Virginia San Fratello, an associate professor of design at San Jose State University.

The custom-built seesaws were placed on both sides of the steel border fence that separates the U.S. and Mexico. The artist called it “one of the most incredible experiences of his career” in a post he shared on Instagram. 

About a decade ago, both Rael and San Fratello had designed the concept for the seesaw at the border for a book titled “Borderwall as Architecture.” Now, the drawings became a reality. 

Despite the negative headlines that dominate the news cycle every day, it’s refreshing to see artists like Ronald Rael use their platform and creativity to spark positivity and strengthen our sense of community. 

“The wall became a literal fulcrum for U.S.-Mexico relations and children and adults were connected in meaningful ways on both sides with the recognition that the actions that take place on one side have a direct consequence on the other side,” Rael wrote in his Instagram caption. Rael also gave a shoutout to the team who helped make this powerful art installation a reality in Cuidad Juárez, Mexico.

CNN also points out that the New Mexico town is also where a militia detained migrants in April (the ACLU called it a kidnapping), and where a private group began building its own border wall with the use of millions donated to a GoFundMe campaign. 

Last week, the Supreme Court also gave Trump a victory in his fight for the construction of a wall along the border. Further, the Supreme Court allowed the administration to use $2.5 billion in military funds for it. 

Despite all of the negative news surrounding the border, it was a different scene there on Monday near the Sunland Park stretch. Instead, it showed a heartwarming and lighter scene compared to what we’ve recently seen.

The art installation that this artist created is also meant to serve as a reminder. A reminder that “we are connected” and “what happens on one side impacts the other.”

The pink seesaws showed people from both sides of the border coming together in a unifying act. Children and adults alike on U.S soil were recorded playing with children from the other side. These light-hearted scenes from the border make one for if only a second forget the actual reality of it all. 

RAICES, a non-profit focusing on immigration legal services in Texas, shared on Twitter that “Art is such a powerful vehicle for change”

In the past, other scenes of art installations at the border have made rounds. For example, The Guardian notes the time when an architectural practice in Mexico designed a pink interpretation of Trump’s border wall. 

Claudia Tristán, the Director of Latinx Messaging for 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke also praised the art installation for the message it spread. 

“The symbolism of the seesaw is just magical,” she wrote in a tweet. “A #Border fence will not keep us from our neighbors.”

The video of architect and artist Ronald Rael that’s also making rounds on social media shows him saying that the seesaw that there are still “good relations the people of Mexico and the United States.” Therefore, the seesaw can portray that we are “equal” and the wall, he says, cuts those relationships between us. 

Ultimately, it is important to remember that with or without the U.S.-Mexico border, much of this land belonged to and will always belong to Native Americans.

We need to remember that the homelands of tribes including the Kumeyaay, Pai, Cocopah, O’odham, Yaqui, Apache and Kickapoo peoples were all split into two by the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and the 1853 Gadsen Purchase–which is what makes up modern-day California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas

So while it is important to highlight the positive and humanizing images on the U.S.-Mexico border when we can, we should also be mindful of the indigenous communities to which this land belongs to. 

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Reports Of A New Series Depicting The Life Of Frida Kahlo Has The Internet Asking All Sorts Of Questions

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Reports Of A New Series Depicting The Life Of Frida Kahlo Has The Internet Asking All Sorts Of Questions

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There are few people in this world that are as iconic as Frida Kahlo. She’s captured the minds and imaginations of generations of people from all over the world. We’ve seen her story told before, including on the big screen, but fans have long awaited a Netflix rendition of the artists unique story and now it seem like we may finally be getting what so many of us have wanted for so long.

The Frida Kahlo Corporation is developing a TV drama series based on the artist’s storied life.

Acording to a report by Deadline, the Frida Kahlo Corporation is working with a media company and famed Venezuelan composer and singer Carlos Baute to produce a drama series following the life of the iconic artist.

Frida Kahlo has inspired and influenced fans around the world and has had a major impact on the Latinx diaspora, the art world, feminism and culture as a whole. So, it seems that producers are pulling out all the stops to make sure they do right by the artist.

The series is being written by Latino talent, lead by Joel Novoa and Marilú Godinez. Novoa, who has worked on Arrow, Blood and Treasure and the feature film God’s Slave is attached to direct. The partnership will create a slate of content to celebrate the life of Frida Kahlo in different genres.

“The idea is to talk about what the books don’t,” said the writing duo in a joint statement. “The subtext behind each painting, the richness of Mexico’s 20th century and the revolution. Themes that are incredibly relevant at this unprecedented time.”

Carlos Dorado of the Frida Kahlo Corporation added, “Frida Kahlo corporation is always looking for talented people who know how to exalt the life of an icon like Frida Kahlo. In this case the professional team that has been formed is distinguished by its great professionalism, experience and most importantly the sensitivity to be able to approach a project as important and transcendental as Frida Kahlo. This high professional team will always have the support of Frida Kahlo Corporation.”

So when can we expect to see a series about one of the world’s greatest artists and feminist icons?

The team expects to start production of the series during the second half of 2021. A studio has already shown interest and the presentation of the project to the market is expected to occur in February.

“We are currently developing and writing the basis of the series and expect to be ready to present the project in the upcoming weeks,” the team said in a statement.

Also, why has it taken so long?!

Should the series find a studio and distributor, this would be the first drama series focusing on Kahlo in recent history. It’s been almost twenty years since her story was told on the big screen, when Salma Hayek portrayed the icon in the 2002 film Frida. That film went on to earn six Oscar nominations, winning for Best Makeup and Best Original Score. More recently, Kahlo was voiced by Natalia Cordova-Buckley in the Oscar-winning Pixar pic Coco. 

In addition to this, in 2019 it was announced that there would be an animated film about the painter.

But fans of the iconic feminist and artist have long hoped to see a TV series depicting her larger than life personality and role in shaping the world we live in today and it looks like we may finally get what we’ve asked for.

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