Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit Mark Rosenthal

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
26 Feb 2015
ISBN:
9780300211603
Imprint:
Detroit Institute of Arts
Dimensions:
248 pages: 286 x 203mm
Illustrations:
125 color + 48 b-w illus.

A landmark publication focusing on both Rivera and Kahlo during a critical year in each of their careers

From April 1932 through March 1933, Diego Rivera (1886–1957) and Frida Kahlo (1907–1954) spent a dramatic and pivotal sojourn in Detroit. Against the backdrop of the Great Depression and amid labor protests in the city, Rivera created his Detroit Industry murals, one of the most important and accomplished works of art made in the United States in the 20th century, for the Detroit Institute of Arts. Kahlo, meanwhile, developed her own artistic identity almost unnoticed, emerging with an oeuvre of extraordinarily expressive work.
 
For this highly anticipated catalogue, Mark Rosenthal and a team of scholars have written essays that examine the artists, the city of Detroit in this period, and the commissioning of the murals by Edsel Ford, the patron, and William Valentiner, then director of the Detroit Institute. Rivera’s cartoons for the murals, which have not been exhibited in decades, are highlighted here along with new archival research conducted by Rivera’s grandson, Juan Rafael Coronel Rivera. Featuring more than 100 color illustrations of works by both artists, this book presents Detroit as a profoundly important place for the artistic development of Rivera and Kahlo.

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For an interview with Mark Rosenthal visit the YaleBooks blog.


Mark Rosenthal is adjunct curator of contemporary art at the Detroit Institute of Arts. 

"Curator Mark Rosenthal, and essayist Salomon Grimberg . . . highlight the critical importance for [Kahlo’s] work at that time (as well as for the direction of her subsequent career) of what is typically characterized as the miscarriage Kahlo suffered."—Ellen G. Landau, Woman’s Art Journal