‘Immersive Frida Kahlo’ Is an Uncanny Misreading of the Artist. She’d Love It.

‘Immersive Frida Kahlo’ Is an Uncanny Misreading of the Artist. She’d Love It.

A view from the “Immersive Frida Kahlo” production now running at the Lighthouse Artspace in Houston.You could call Self-Portrait With Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird the Mona Lisa of Texas. Frida Kahlo’s iconic painting is the most popular object owned by the Harry Ransom Center, the University of Texas at Austin’s cultural research institution. It is loaned out for museum exhibitions more often than anything else in the Ransom’s collection of one million books, 42 million manuscripts, five million photographs, and 100,000 works of art.While more than a third of Kahlo’s paintings are self-portraits, this one is particularly intense, made in early 1940 during the brief period when the artist and her longtime but always philandering husband, the great muralist Diego Rivera, were divorced. The duality and symbolism that characterize her work are there, but subtle: Her slight downward gaze looks…

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