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6 Jul 07, 11:57 AM - Viva Frida!

Posted by The Goldfish

Two FridasThanks to Blue at the Gimp Parade, I learnt that today is a hundred years since the birth of disability icon, Frida Kahlo. As Blue says, Kahlo is arguably the most famous disabled woman who has ever lived. She also remains of the world's most famous women artists and her life was the subject of the very fine 2002 movie, Frida, starring Salma Hayek.

Blue has some of the pictures and further links to her works in galleries through the world can be found at Artcyclopedia. There's also a review of the Frida Kahlo exhibition at the Tate in 2005 up at Marmite Boy on Toast.

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At 02:31 PM on 06 Jul 2007, Artinthepicture.com wrote:

Although her personality is, without a doubt, very interesting, I never really fully understood her paintings. Maybe seeing the film of her life might help.

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At 12:45 PM on 07 Jul 2007, Dave Hingsburger wrote:

Um, most famous disabled woman? I'd have thought that title would belong to Helen Keller. But maybe that's just me.

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At 01:02 AM on 08 Jul 2007, Andrea wrote:

I'd never heard of Frida before. Maybe because I don't really pay attention to art.

I certainly had heard of Helen Keller. But: was she really that famous outside of the US and Canada? (I have lived in the US all my life, not counting short trips abroad. And I know Dave is from Canada.) Can someone from elsewhere enlighten us? Here in the US, many schools assign Helen's autobiography as required reading or teach a bit about her biography, usually in an attempt to "inspire." She was even chosen as the symbol for Alabama on the back of US quarters dedicated to Alabama.

(For those of you not in the states and not exposed to US currency: for the past few years, US quarters have given over the "tail" side to five different states each year from 1999 to 2008 so that all 50 states will eventually have a quarter design dedicated to it, minted in the same order in which the US states entered the union. Alabama quarters were minted in 2003.)

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