Gisèle Freund, “Frida in the Garden, Casa Azul” (1951) (courtesy Throckmorton Fine Arts)
Frida Kahlo will have her first solo show in New York City in more than 25 years, at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG). The exhibition will “focus exclusively on Kahlo’s intense interest in the botanical world” — the first of its kind, according to the announcement.
FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life has both a gallery and a garden component. Curated by art historian Adriana Zavala, the The gallery exhibition will spotlight 14 paintings and works on paper by Kahlo that include prominent botanical imagery, from her lesser-known still lifes to self-portraits with nature motifs. This selection of Kahlo’s work will be accompanied by photographs of Kahlo’s family home, La Casa Azul (The Blue House), taken by Guillermo, her father, who built the house; as well as photographs of Kahlo and her husband, artist Diego Rivera; and specially commissioned artwork by Humberto Spindola, whom the press release calls “instrumental in curating the current plant collection at the Museo Frida Kahlo.”