Review: High Museum mixes passion, politics and myth with ‘Frida and Diego’ show

FridaFrida Kahlo’s “Self-Portrait as Tehuana
Diego in My Thoughts” (1943), oil on
masonite, from the Jacques and Natasha
Gelman Collection of Mexican Art.

Two of the most important Mexican artists of the 20th century take center stage in Atlanta with “Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting,” on view through May 12 at the High Museum of Art. The museum long ago decided on a populist approach to its exhibition program, so it should come as no surprise that it has chosen to introduce its audience to Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo not from an art-historical perspective but through the lens of their love of Mexico, shared politics and tumultuous personal life.

Co-organized by the High Museum of Art, the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto and the Museo Dolores Olmedo in Mexico City, in association with the Vergel Foundation and the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art, Galería Arvilthe exhibition, the largest ever of the couple’s work together, unfolds like a biographical map of their lives. (Click here to read more of Rebecca Dimling Cochran’s review on

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Rebecca Dimling Cochran is the author of the preceding review.

Rebecca Dimling Cochran writes about visual art. She is the Atlanta correspondent for Art in America, and her writing has appeared in Sculpture, Art Review, Art & Antiques, Frieze, Flash Art, Art Papers and She has lived in New York and London, where she earned a master’s degree in curating contemporary art from the Royal College of Art.

*Image © 2012 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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