New Album 4 Frida Kahlo Birthday Today – 2016

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

New Album 4 Frida Kahlo Birthday Today – 2016

Self Portrait Frida Kahlo, 1940

Today, july 6 is the birthday of the Mexican cult artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954.) Her extraordinary surreal paintings and self portraits with incredible hair arrangements, that one famous eyebrow, the faint mustache can be seen in a new album with many new images, just up and archived on my website. You can also read more of her story, who she was, what she did, how she survived and conquered her painful life, her bi-sexual love life. This self portrait (1940) is the black and white version of her original painting in color. I thought the headdress and hair so interesting, I used this image for an article I did in The Montreal Gazette on January 22, 1991 to help promite Frida Kahlo: Portrait of An Artist on PBS-TV. I’ve been a fan for a long time!   To see many more images, to read more, see some photographic interpretations of Frida Kahlo, a video, click HERE

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Frida Kahlo Photo interpretations – 2016

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Helen's Blog | 2 comments

Frida Kahlo Photo Interpretations - 2016

Photo: © Franco De Simone

My new blog, just up on ModernSalon is on Frida Kahlo, the Mexican surrealist painter and icon, now a cult, who led a dramatic pain-filled life and painted extraordinary self-portraits featuring her one famous eyebrow, a faint mustache she didn’t hide, and inspirational hair concoctions on top of her head. Franco De Simone’s exhibition, Frida Kahlo: “An Illustrated Life” opens on July 7 to September 7, 2016, at the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery in Toronto. To see my Modern blog and the extraordinary inspirations, plus Franco de Simone’s brilliant video, click HERE

Hair/Artist/Photographer: Franco De Simone … Makeup: Francis Boudreau … Costume: Frank Rothery
(Photographic interpretation of Frida Kahlo’s Self Portrait With Monkey, 1940)

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Frida Kahlo Painting & Photo – 1941/2016

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in Helen's Blog | 2 comments

Frida Kahlo Painting & Photo - 1941/2016

Left: Frida Kahlo Self Portrait. Right: Franco De Simone. Collage by helenoppenheim.com

The photo on the right, by Franco De Simone, is a brilliant photographic interpretation of Frida Kahlo’s Self Portrait With Braid, a 1941 painting.  “I photograph what I can not paint and I paint what I can not photograph,”  Franco de Simone said of his portraits of Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Stalin, Karl Marx and the American man with a hat re-imagined in his latest Exhibition Frida Kahlo, “An Illustrated Life” opening at the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery in Toronto, July 7.  Frida Kahlo, the Mexican surrealist cult artist with one famous eyebrow (1907-1954) painted some 200 vivid, extraordinary self portraits full of symbolism and wit, often with incredible concoctions arranged on her head, many Mexican-influenced, many purely eccentric, usually with a touch of royalty.  Even when ill, which was often because a streetcar crash at 18 left her in constant pain for the rest of her life, her hair was dressed as if for a fiesta. Her signature accessories – ribbons, flowers, and jewelry, all braided into the hair are always inspirational. For the MUST-SEE video by Franco De Simone, click HERE

Left: Frida Kahlo … Right: Hair Franco De Simone … Makeup: Francis Boudreau … Costumes: Frank Rothery …  Artist/Photographer: Franco De Simone

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Frida Kahlo “An Illustrated Life” – 2016

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in Helen's Blog | 2 comments

Frida Kahlo "An Illustrated Life" - 2016

Franco De Simone Invitation

There are many books, posters, postcards with Frida Kahlo images plus a movie, and now there will be an Exhibition featuring photographic interpretations of the Mexican surrealist icon’s most famous paintings by the talented Franco De Simone.   Here is an invitation to Franco De Simone’s Frida Kahlo, “An Illustrated Life” opening at the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery in Toronto, July 7.    For the MUST-SEE video by Franco De Simone, click HERE – and stay tuned for all of  De Simone’s Frida Kahlo interpretations when his Exhibitions opens …

Video: Franco de Simone / for more information Franco 416-420-2935 – www.francodesimone.com

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