FRIDA KAHLO: The Nickolas Muray Portraits
DALLAS, TEXAS—PDNB Gallery will exhibit photographs by Nickolas Muray of the Mexican Surrealist painter, Frida Kahlo.
Nickolas Muray (1892–1965) was a Hungarian born artist that worked in New York as a photographer, specializing in portraits of celebrities. His work was often seen in Vanity Fair magazine. Nick’s friendship with the Mexican artist, Miguel Covarrubias, lead to the introduction to Frida Kahlo when Nick visited Mexico. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo were introduced by Covarubbias and it was in 1931 when Nickolas and Frida’s love affair started. Later, when Frida had a solo exhibition at the renowned Julian Levy gallery in New York, she continued their affair. Most of the portraits that will be exhibited were taken in Nick’s studio during that New York visit.
The exhibition will feature color and black and white portraits. Highlights include Frida and Diego with Gas Mask, 1938, and the classic Frida Kahlo with Red Rebozo. These stunning images reveal Nick’s propensity for portraiture. Nickolas Muray has portrayed Frida as she was, a dramatic woman and artist.
More portraits of Frida Kahlo are included by other artists from her circle: Bernard Silberstein, Héctor García, Lola Alvarez Bravo, and Lucienne Bloch.
This exhibition celebrates the México Bicentenario, marking the 200 years of México Independence. Many diverse exhibitions are featured throughout the metroplex including the Dallas Museum of Art and the Mexican Consulate.
Frida Kahlo, 1939