Happy Birthday to Frida Kahlo, born today in 1907. Kahlo pushed the boundaries as a female, politically active artist during her career. Often associated with the Surrealist movement, Kahlo defied stylistic definition and befriended many artists including Marcel Duchamp, André Breton, and Pablo Picasso. She used personal tragedy and injury to create deeply provocative paintings that reference her Mexican heritage as well as her journey as an artist. To this day, Kahlo’s life and works are iconic and well-known across the world.
“What I have in mind is that art may be bad, good or indifferent, but, whatever adjective is used, we must call it art, and bad art is still art in the same way that a bad emotion is still an emotion.”
Man Ray, The Father Of Mona Lisa, 1967, Photomechanical reproduction mounted on fiberboard, with cigar, plastic, metal foil, glass, and metal in painted wood frame, 18 x 13 5/8 x 2 5/8 in. (45.7 x 34.6 x 6.7 cm), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
Marcel Duchamp, Box in a Valise (Boîte-en-Valise) 1935-41 (contents); 1938 (collotype); deluxe edition, Series A, 1943
Brown leather valise with handle containing sixty-nine miniature replicas and printed reproductions and one original, Virgin (No. 2), 1938, hand-colored collotype Valise (closed): 16 x 14 ¾ x 4 ¼ inches (40.6 x 37.5 x 10.8 cm)