Fighting over Frida Kahlo
In Mexico, the emergence of work said to be made by the artist has led to a very public debate about its authenticity. The Times' art critic has seen the pieces.
Policing the legacy of artists can be a tough business. Nowhere is it
tougher than in Mexico, where the magnetic, self-mythologizing painter
Frida Kahlo (1907-54) shot from relative obscurity to iconic status
only in the last quarter-century.
Now, a festering dispute over a little-known archive of ephemera attributed to Kahlo has erupted into open warfare. Despite the tantalizing possibility that some or maybe even all the material is authentic, a sharp line has been drawn in the art historical sand, writes Christopher Knight.
-- Deborah Bonello in Mexico City