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Frida Kahlo and San Francisco

Constructing her Identity

Gannit Ankori Circe Henestrosa Hillary C. Olcott

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Hirmer Verlag
15 September 2020
Given Kahlo's special bond with San Francisco and the city's impact on her art and her fashion, presenting the exhibition in this venue carries special significance. Many iconic photographs that show Kahlo as a Tehuana (by Cunningham, Adams, Alvarez Bravo, and Weston) are from San Francisco, and her first self-portrait in full Tehuana attire was painted in San Francisco (now in the collection of SFMOMA). Frida Kahlo's encounters with Gringolandia (as she called the United States) were formative and complex. She appreciated the beauty of San Francisco in particular, relished the ethnic diversity of the city, and was mesmerized by Chinatown. She also met fascinating people, many of whom became her lifelong friends. It was in San Francisco, the first city she visited in the U.S., that Kahlo began to fashion her indigenous Mexican identity, deliberately distinguishing herself from the local women, whom she called scarecrows and dull. The gringas really like me a lot and take notice of all the dresses and rebozos that I brought with me, their jaws drop at the sight of my jade necklaces and all the painters want me to pose for them, she wrote her parents shortly after her arrival.
By:   Gannit Ankori, Circe Henestrosa, Hillary C. Olcott
Imprint:   Hirmer Verlag
Country of Publication:   Germany
Dimensions:   Height: 254mm,  Width: 203mm, 
Weight:   460g
ISBN:   9783777435732
ISBN 10:   3777435732
Pages:   150
Publication Date:   15 September 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Stock Indefinitely

Gannit Ankori is professor of fine arts and the chair in Israeli art at the Department of Fine Arts and Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University. Her books include Frida Kahlo and Imaging Her Selves: Frida Kahlo's Poetics of Identity and Fragmentation. Circe Henestrosa is an independent fashion curator and head of the School of Fashion at LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore. Hillary C. Olcott is associate curator of the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Reviews for Frida Kahlo and San Francisco: Constructing her Identity

Few women artists have used their own face and wardrobe in their work as extensively as Frida Kahlo. . . . Frida Kahlo and San Francisco, by Circe Henestrosa and Gannit Ankori--emphasize[s] that Frida treated clothing as an artistic palette and her way of dressing as continuous with the self-portraits she painted. -- Art in America Frida Kahlo and San Francisco, a slender but lavishly produced and illustrated volume. . .The catalogue's essays, one by fashion curator and scholar Circe Henestrosa and the other by art historian Gannit Ankori, succinctly address two key themes. Henestrosa outlines the artist's cultural, gender, and political self-construction through her fashion choices; Ankori demonstrates the importance of Frida's two visits to San Francisco to her self-transformation from 'Madame Rivera, ' the wife of an artist, to Frida Kahlo, an artist in her own right. . . Frida Kahlo and San Francisco is diminutive but eye-catching. -- Choice


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