Detail: Nickolas Muray, Frida on White Bench, New York, 1939. Digital pigment print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag paper, 14 ¾ x 10 1/8 inches. Courtesy of the Nickolas Muray Photo Archives.
By PAM HARBAUGH
It may not be the actual art of Frida Kahlo, but it’s the next best thing to it.
“Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray” opens Saturday at the Foosaner Art Museum and promises to be a stunning, evocative exhibition.
The exhibition is designed to reveal the love between Ms. Kahlo, the highly celebrated Mexican artist, and Nickolas Muray, the Hungarian-born New York fashion photographer.
Mr. Muray was himself a celebrated photographer who made his stamp on the art world by his portraits of, well, celebrities — politicians, socialites, artists, etc.
The two met in 1931 and began a 10-year romance, despite her marriage to the great tempestuous Mexican artist Diego Rivera.The works on display include digital pigment prints. Bottom line is they are extraordinary photographs which tend to extol the style and subject of Ms. Kahlo’s paintings. As Mr. Muray was a pioneer in color photography, the works here impart the illusion that they are paintings.
By the way, if you head to the Foosaner the day the exhibition opens to the public, you will be in the midst of Frida Family Day. This means family oriented activities such as music, storytelling and the obligatory hands-on art projects for the little ones.
This is a GuestCurator Traveling Exhibition and has been organized by the Nickolas Muray Photo Archives. The Foosaner Art Museum is owned and run by Florida Tech.
SIDE O’ GRITS: ‘Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray’ runs through March 22 at the Foosaner Art Museum, 1463 Highland Ave., Melbourne. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. The museum is opened until 7 p.m. Thursdays. Admission is $5 general, $2 seniors, children and students and free to museum members, Florida Tech faculty, staff and students. It is free to the general public all day Thursdays. Call 321-674-8916 or visit www.FoosanerArtMuseum.org.