Brilliant color, vibrant plant life and art are on display in NYC right now at the New York Botanical Gardens exhibition featuring the art, home and garden of much revered Mexican artist Freda Kahlo at 2900 Southern Boulevard,Bronx called ‘Art, Garden, lIfe’.
Kahlo’s art is a mixture of riotous color, surrealism, folk art, pain and joy and this exhibition focuses mostly on her home, her garden and the inspiration she drew from both. In the Botanical Garden’s wonderful Enid A Haupt Conservatory you will see a facsimile of the courtyard garden of the house in Mexico which was Kahlo’s home. There is a rich diversity of flowers, plants, artifacts, a pyramid and many, many cacti, all part of a celebration of the native plants which were always a part of Kahlo’s inspiration.
The exhibition seeks to recreate the place, culture and influences from which Kahlo drew inspiration and insofar as it focuses on living context of her garden it is a huge success. Kahlo was however a woman who knew much pain and sadness in her life and her art also shows she was deeply influenced by the cultural context of Mexico during her lifetime which was at once revolutionary but also deeply traditional in a way she found confining.
This is a wonderful exhibition in every way and the New York Botanical Gardens deserve to be congratulated for allowing us all to apprecaite a part of Kahlo’s art that is not often celebrated, her personal spaces, her home. And when you see more of her work, see the second video, it is clear New York city could also sustain another Kahlo exhibition that ranged over a broader terrain and allowed us to contemplate yet again the breadth of her talent and it’s unique nature.