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Re: Frida Kahlo-stamp?


From: Chris Allred (callred_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Jul 21 2001 - 07:43:15 PDT

Frida Kahlo was a wonderful artist, although I think the irony of being on
an American postage stamp would not be lost on her. It's interesting that
there was a time when she was considered to be in the shadow of her then
more famous hubby, Diego... I think most art historians now would agree
that Kahlo is MUCH more important in terms of art history. Her work was
much more personal, intimate, and radical...qualities we tend to admire in
contemporary work over political statements. I am also a fan of Rivera's
work, but not with the same intensity as Kahlo's. I'm glad she's getting
recognition even if it is on something as pedestrian as a stamp.
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Date: Friday, July 20, 2001 10:48 PM
Subject: Frida Kahlo-stamp?

>Today. 7-20-01,
>While listening to National Public Radio a commentator mentioned that Frida
>was on a current postage stamp. His report was quite scathing - calling
>self absorbed, mentioning that she was a Marxist, a lesbian, also had
>Marxist leaders, Mexican not a United
>States Citizan much more - all in all he felt she was very unworthy of
>on our stamp - compared her to Diego Rivera who he greatly admired and said
>was a fantastic painter of noteworthy murals. He left out that he was a
>womanizer and someone who had a terrible temper. I think Frida had alot to
>say in her paintings-
>whether she belongs on a US stamp - I don;t know. What do all of you