M+V Art Brings Never Before Seen Frida Kahlo Photographs to Miami
"I don't give a shit what the world thinks. I was born a bitch, I was born a painter, I was born fucked. But I was happy in my way. You did not understand what I am. I am love. I am pleasure, I am essence, I am an idiot, I am an alcoholic, I am tenacious. I am; simply I am...You are a shit."
via Wikipedia Frida Kahlo, Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird
Although Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) penned these words in an unsent letter to her unfaithful husband, artist Diego Rivera, they allow us a peek into her soul. A paradox of empowerment and vulnerability, the Mexican-born surreal artist is an enigma, in addition to one of history's most influential artists.
Now, the world gets to see her like never before, and Miami has first dibs thanks to M+V Art and their collaboration with the Leo Matiz Foundation.
A selection of 55 unpublished photographs of Frida taken by world renowned Colombian photographer Leo Matiz (1917-1998), were recently discovered in the foundation's archive in Mexico. And 13 of them have made their way to Wynwood for exhibition as part of "Frida Rediscovered." As part of M+V's inaugural opening, the photos debuted to the public on May 23 with great enthusiasm.
"It was my first Art Walk and I was so happy to be there and so many people walked in. It was so gratifying to have young people and older people excited to see these photographs," said Valentina Garcia, the 'V' of M+V, of her experiences after recently moving back to Miami. Garcia spent the last ten years curating in the New York art circuit.