Frida Kahlo | Autorretrato con Traje de Terciopelo | Oil on canvas | 78 x 61 cms | 1926 Private Collection | Courtesy of Arvil Gallery | Mexico
The aristocratic pose reflects Frida’s interest in the paintings of the Italian Renaissance period. It was painted as a gift for her boyfriend, Alejandro, who had left her suspecting her of infidelities. Alejandro admired Italian Renaissance art and would often give Frida reproductions of Old Masters paintings. “Self-Portrait in a Velvet Dress” is Frida’s interpretation of Botticelli‘s “Venus” which Alejandro admired. Frida began this self-portrait in the summer of 1926 and sent it to him in late September. On the back of the painting she inscribed a dedication: “For Alex. Frida Kahlo, at the age of 17, September 1926 – Coyoacan -Heute ist Immer Noch” (Today still goes on). In March of 1927, Alejandro’s parents sent him on a four month tour of Europe with his uncle….mainly to separate him from Frida of whom they did not approve. By then Alejandro had also grown tired of Frida and wanted to escape from her “possessive” grip. While he was away, Frida wrote to him often to express her feelings and love for him. Alejandro was supposed to return in July but July came and went and Alejandro was still in Europe. When he finally returned in November there was a brief reconciliation with Frida but soon their relationship diminished and they drifted apart. This self-portrait was one of four paintings that Frida took to show Diego Rivera and ask his opinion of her work. After viewing the paintings, Rivera remarked that he was most interested in this self-portrait “…. because it is the most original” he said.
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- America’s Premier Art and Antique Fair Returns to Palm Beach in February
Palm Beach, FL – October 14, 2011- (Naples Art News) Now in its 16th year, American International Fine Art Fair (AIFAF) is one of the premier art, antique and jewelry fair in the United States. In 2012, AIFAF will again gather prestigious galleries and distinguished collectors from around the world during its return to the Palm Beach County Convention Center February 4th-12th, 2012, with a VIP Preview on February 3rd.
The carefully selected presentation will include international dealers representing disciplines of fine art from classical antiquity to contemporary, and an extensive collection of haute and period jewelry. The fair is fully vetted by leading museum curators and experts.
Continuing last year’s successful format, a full schedule of daily activities to coincide with the exhibitions will be included. These activities are comprised of informative lectures from highly respected museum curators and art experts, as well as cocktail parties and other social events.
To ensure all fair attendees receive full knowledge of the outstanding art exhibited at the fair, AIFAF will again partner with Corfield Morris to offer art advisory services to any visitor throughout the duration of the fair. Their team of independent expert advisers will be on hand to guide guests through the fair or straight to whatever they seek.
New to AIFAF in 2012, world-renowned Fabergé will present a special exhibition and lecture series – “Faberge: The Rebirth of an Icon”- lecture by Geza von Habsburg. Paying homage to the legendary Imperial Eggs created by Peter Carl Fabergé for the Romanov family, and celebrating the Egg as a timeless universal symbol of life, Fabergé has designed a collection of one-of-a-kind High Jewelry Egg Pendants, Les Fameux de Fabergé. Each design illustrates a traditional Russian proverb, through complex, multi-layered concepts brought to life by the finest craftsmanship in the world today. The first of these creations launched in Paris during Couture Week, July 2011, marking the beginning of a series of twelve High Jewelry Egg Pendants, one for every month of the year. Each pendant, a wearable object of desire, involves a lengthy, exacting and in many cases pioneering fabrication process, pushing boundaries of both design and manufacture, and taking contemporary craftsmanship to a new level of sophistication.
Among highlights for AIFAF’s lecture series this year, Victoria Wyeth, granddaughter of “America’s Painter” Andrew Wyeth will present a special lecture and presentation. Her unique personal perspective offers memories and insights unavailable before to the public. Roger Ward, former Chief Curator at the Norton Museum of Art, will present “Who Owns That Art? Conspicuous Cases of Nazi-Era Restitution” and “Four Rediscovered Old Master Works; Leonardo, Raphael, Breughel and Velazquez.” Bruce Helander, Editor-and-Chief of the Art Economist, will moderate a roundtable discussion and Erin Coe, Curator at the Hyde Collection, will present an informative lecture, “Georgia O’Keeffe at Lake George.”
WUM Interview: Antonio Guerrero, Living in a Red Planet
Nektar De Stagni and Gallery Diet are pleased to announce a new collaborative project:
Hard Poems in Space
Opening September 8th 2011, 7 to 10 pm
Bhakti Baxter, Paola Pivi, Gean Moreno, Ernesto Oroza, Christy Gast, Jim Drain, Martin Oppel, Daniel Milewski, Agathe Snow, Emmett Moore, Rene Gonzalez, Fabienne Lasserre, Nektar De Stagni, Confetti System, Dennis Palazzolo, Aranda/Lasch.
The project, which began during the summer of 2011 through a series of workshops at NDS (Nektar De Stagni Shop) and Gallery Diet, was conceived in order to bring together invited Artists and Designers to make functional objects. Participants are working collaboratively or individually, but with the goal of creating an overall exchange between different practices, as well as to create a cohesive and interactive social environment, to open on Fashion’s Night Out on September 8th, through December, 2011, at the NDS
Miami Hispanic Ballet, American Airlines & Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus presents the XVI Annual International Ballet Festival of Miami
The XVI Annual International Ballet Festival of Miami (IBFM) will take place August 26 through September 18, 2011. The Festival opened with the Official Poster Unveiling by Cuban Artist Arturo Cuenca and new statue for the “A Life for Dance Award” created by the Cuban sculptor Michel Hernandez. A special book presentation dedicated to the legendary, world-renowned Mexican Contemporary Choreographer Gloria Contreras, followed with the launching of the Dance Film Series at the Miami Beach Cinematheque.Book Presentation of “Taller coreografico de la Unam 40 años de danza by Gloria Contreras given by Gregorio Luke, former cultural attaché of Mexico in Los Angeles and Director of the Museum of Latin American Art in California.
xxAntonio Guerrero, Arturo Cuenca, Michel Hernandez & Alejandro Rios