In Women Wonderland at LACMA

LACMA's latest, featuring about 175 works by 47 artists, including Frida Kahlo, Lee Miller, Remedios Varo, Leonora Carringt

By Jorge A. Arg??ello
Published on LatinoLA: February 29, 2012

In Women Wonderland at LACMA

After seeing publicity all over Los Angeles -- banners, posters, etc. -- for the latest special exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, better known as LACMA, called "In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artist in Mexico and the Unites States," I excitedly looked forward to checking it out this past weekend, especially when I found out seven of the Frida Kahlo pieces, of whom I am a huge fanatic of, are being feautured.

It also features works by other of my favorites like Remedios Varo and Rosa Rolanda.

Let me begin by telling you that the three hours I spent contemplating the entire exhibition were totally worth it. Not only did I get a sense and felt the emotions of each of the artist, but I also got a closer look at their work and I also discovered several other artists that I didn't know about before walking in there.

It is interesting to see how each and one of the artist being featured depicted their life struggles in a canvas by chasing their dreams in good and bad situations through their surrealism. While there, I found out from a women art lover who was visiting from New York, that this is the first exhibit to show North American women surrealists, so as an Angelino, I feel very lucky to have it here in LA.

The color, the message, their ability to depict such emotion is just so amazing when you have the art piece in front of you, in the case of Frida Kahlo I couldn't stop staring at the "Two Fridas" or "Las Dos Fridas" which is one of my favorites of Kahlo, I think I spent a half an hour on this one, the first time I ever saw it. Frida painted this huge oil on canvas huge piece, (68" 1/4 x 68") shortly after her divorce from painter and muralist Diego Rivera.

I know that in her diary, Frida wrote that this particular painting originated from her memory of an imaginary childhood friend, but then later she confirmed it records the emotions surrounding her separation and her life while married with Diego Rivera. With that being said I can't tell you more of this exhibition because I encourage you to check it out.

The exhibition includes works dating from 1931 to 1968, it shows the excellent works of 47 female surrealist all depicted in a total of 147 works which you will absolutely love and don't worry about the price of admission because again it is totally worth it. The exhibit will be open to the public through May 6.

More info: "In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artist in Mexico and the Unites States"

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