The San Francisco based Gauntlet Gallery have a announced their first exhibit of 2015, a group show going by the name Thank God It’s Frida, inspired obviously by the legendary artist Frida Kahlo, the exhibition will feature the works of over twenty artists that pay tribute to the works of Kahlo. The Gauntlet Gallery has a habit of showing interesting exhibitions (such as the Stealing Time joint show by Alec Huxley and Monty Guy and the group show Lost Moments) and their first show of 2015, Thank God It’s Frida looks set to be a worthy tribute to Frida Kahlo herself and her inspiring artworks that continue to find new fans sixty years after her premature death.
The work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo has inspired many (like Joshua Charles Hart who you can read about in the So Quiet, So Small article and the work of Pakpoom Silaphan whom you can check out in the Essentializing the Essence article) and the artists presented in the Thank God It’s Frida group show are presenting works that somehow catch the essence of Kahlo either by adopting her distinctive style to create their own self-portraits or creating images of the lady herself. The idea behind the Thank God It’s Frida exhibition, is to praise the realistic way in which Frida Kahlo portrayed herself (read about an exhibition of her works and see some images in the No Contemporary Art Without Frida article) expressing the physical pain she endured during her life, imperfections and flaws especially as we live in a time when the photoshopped image presents us with false ideas of perfection (perhaps take a look at the Hyperbeauty article about the work of Anna Halldin Maule that touches on similar ideas of beauty and the article about Chuck Close that examines how the idea of beauty changes over time, Chuck Close: Nudes 1967-2014).
Thank God It’s Frida
With over twenty artists presenting their Frida Kahlo inspired works in the group show Thank God It’s Frida at the Gauntlet Gallery, there is plenty of variety on offer from the beautiful butterfly and flower enveloped portrait of Frida titled Seductress of Coyoacan by David Blake (who participated in the Daft Punk Deux group show also at the Gauntlet Gallery), to the striking portrait laced with distinctive pattern work, Portrait with Frida, by Rebecca Adams (who was in the Portraits of Beauty and Style show you can read about) or the paintings created by Johannah O’Donnell and Kohshin Finley that take inspiration from the many images of Kahlo that feature flowers in her hair (watch this great video of some street art being created featuring the image of Frida Kahlo with flowers, Frida on the Block created by LABA and Orticanoodles). The Thank God It’s Frida group show is a fitting tribute to the lasting legacy of the highly respected Frida Kahlo. Full list of artists participating in the show: Brent Estabrook, Cheyenne Randall, Christian Guemy, David Blake, David Slone, Geoff Trapp, Helice Wen, JeanPaul Mallozzi, Jen Rome, Johannah O’Donnell, Kieran Collins, Kohshin Finley, Lie, Marie Bergeron, MJ Lindo, Oliver Barrett, Rebecca Adams, Rene Garcia, Ruben Ireland, Scott Mitchell, Tony Philippou, & Valentin Fischer.
The Thank God It’s Frida group show opens at the Gauntlet Gallery on 31st January 2015. An opening reception is being held on the 31st January 2015. 7.30 – 10pm.
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All images courtesy of Gauntlet Gallery.