I am reserving my tickets today to see Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving at the Brooklyn Museum. I had the chance to visit her two homes in Mexico City that she shared with Diego Rivera a couple of years ago which included an extensive exhibition of her clothes and accoutrements brilliantly curated by Vogue Mexico. The images and experience are forever ingrained in my memory. Despite polio, a devastating accident that left her body deformed and in constant pain, and a philandering husband (who slept with her younger sister), Frida had monumental strength and perseverance that allowed her to continue with her art and push forward. Nothing stopped her. Her tenacity in the face of adversity is, for me, as inspiring as her art.
I’ve also been to her two homes in Mexico City, really amazing to see. She was a remarkable woman in so many ways and is one of my favorite artists, not only for her painting, but for all the reasons you mentioned.