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.

Frida Kahlo,” March 19, 1932, by Carl Van Vechten


What is sunrise like at the Getty?

“The fog was so thick we couldn’t see the sunrise when it came at 5:47am PT. There was no gong, no fanfare. Many of us were oblivious, engrossed in conversations with old friends or new acquaintances, awkwardly touching each other as per Ono’s instructions, or contemplating the obscured landscape. I looked at my companions, asking them “Was that it? Did we miss it?” That was it, but we hadn’t missed it at all.

Piece by hyperallergic‘s Matt Stromberg. Read in full here.


Pablo Picasso. Masque I (Laurent de Venasque), Masque II (Comte de Sault), Grotesque Barbu (Etienne Fage), Grotesque (René Mazon), Tête de Cheval, Book Cover. Illustrations to Les Transparents by René Char. 1967.

Cardboard cuts on BFK Rives paper and extra suite on Chine bound in; fine binding in brown and tan calfskin, a tanned and stretched toad nailed to onlay panel of each cover. (via)

Take a vacation to the French seaside in “Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting.”

“La Pointe de la Hève, Sainte-Adresse,” 1864, by Claude Monet (The National Gallery, London: Bought, 1996)

When you have to cut the security strings on a fragile loaned object.

You, the Art Handler holding the scissors who everyone is staring at.

The Curator who insists on standing right behind you: 

The Registar, inching ever closer to the edge of meltdown: 

After you do the job flawlessly because you’re a pro.