edited by Edited by Adriana Zavala, Mia D'Avanza, and Joanna L. Groarke, with contributions by Robert Bye, Karen Daubmann, Edelmira Linares, Kathryn E. O'Rourke, and Juan Rafael Coronel Rivera
This vibrant book provides a thrilling new perspective from which to appreciate Frida Kahlo's paintings against the backdrop of her home and garden as explored in The New York Botanical Garden's groundbreaking exhibition.
The Casa Azul (Blue House), Frida Kahlo's lifelong home in Coyoacan, Mexico City, underwent remarkable transformation from the time of its construction at the turn of the 20th century until the artist's death. Over the years, Kahlo and her husband, muralist Diego Rivera, renovated, expanded, and re-envisioned the house and garden to express their wide-ranging tastes as well as their cultural commitment to Mexico. The collections of pre-Hispanic sculpture, folk art, books, a menagerie of pets, and an extraordinarily diverse garden of tropical and desert plants that they amassed were vital to the development of some of Kahlo's most original artwork. From early paintings dating from the 1920s to her last known works, Kahlo's use of botanical imagery reflects not only a love of the natural world, but also her fascination with Mexican history and culture and engagement with the international art world of the period. All of these currents run through her oeuvre.
This volume showcases more than 20 of Kahlo's paintings and works on paper featuring plants, as well as archival photographs that trace the evolution of the Casa Azul over the course of her lifetime. Essays present the artist's home, garden, and collections as both a haven and source of artistic inspiration, and explore Mexican architecture, landscape design, and gardens of the early 20th century. Accompanying the exhibition FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life at The New York Botanical Garden, the first to examine Kahlo's keen appreciation for the beauty and variety of the natural world and the complex use of plant imagery in her painting, this publication offers a unique presentation of one of modern art's most revered figures.
136 pages with 85 illustrations, Hardcover, 9 x 11 in., Publication Date: May 2015