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"Unbound: Contemporary Art After Frida Kahlo" at the MCA Chicago

04 May 2014

“Let’s look at Frida Kahlo with fresh eyes,” the curator said. “Let’s look at her as an artist. Let’s separate her from all the relationships she had and the famous people she knew. Let’s really think about her as an artist.”

The two privately owned works were included in a nationally touring 1978 solo exhibition organized by the MCA. It was Kahlo’s first such showcase in the United States and an important early step in popularizing her works in this country.

“As you walk into the exhibition, you will see Frida Kahlo’s paintings front and center as a kind of pivot point,” Widholm said. “I want people to look at them and think about them and then think about the broader concerns.”

The rest of the show is devoted to a little more than 30 works — most created in the past 25 years — by artists from around the world who were not necessarily influenced by Kahlo directly but who share a similar spirit of rebellion and take on issues. Among them are Louise Bourgeois, Yang Fudong, Nan Goldin, José Leonilson, Beatriz Milhazes, Shirin Neshat, Catherine Opie, Jack Pierson and Lorna Simpson.

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