week 1 – combined cultural legacy

Diego Rivera was a prominent Mexican painter that established the Mexican mural movement. The artist focused on a method where he specifically appreciated canvases that were large in scale and publicly accessible. He often used walls at universities and other buildings in Mexico. During Rivera’s creation at the Bolívar Auditorium of the National Preparatory School in 1922, he met one of the 35 female students at the institutions – Frida Kahlo. In August 1929 Rivera would move on to marry the young Kahlo was inspired by Rivera’s mural style – while Rivera painted large murals that were several feet long Frida painted on canvases that were just several inches. She took her surroundings and deeply embedded them into her work, her home atmosphere was surrounded with botanical elements and animals she lived with were portrayed in her paintings as were the Mexican markets that she would often shop at. In 2018 – Kahlo is undoubtedly one of the most influential Latinas and artists who inspire a large number of creative practitioners of our generation. Specifically German artist, Uta Brauser, she has a large body of work that includes mediums such as expressionist drawings, paintings, realistic and surrealistic sculptures, art-dolls, installations, art activism and staged fashion presentations. She has a whole collection dedicated and about Kahlo that include street murals and actual canvas paintings – Brauser chose to capture Frida’s beauty as well as her interesting relationship with River where Brauser has said that he wanted to capture the element of their relationship where they could not live without each other. A combined cultural legacy can be seen as somewhat interrelated, without Rivera, Kahlo probably would have never found her mural style and without Kahlo’s work, Brauser would have never had found her inspiration for her street art and subject matter – this thus highlights the importance of the concept of combined cultural legacy in the arts.

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http://riveramural.org/  ||  http://www.sfexaminer.com/ccsfs-diego-rivera-mural-will-find-temporary-home-sfmoma/

  • nearly 1800 square foot ‘Pan American Unity Mural’
  • “it is about the marriage of the artistic expression of the North and of the South on this continent, that is all. I believe in order to make an American art, a real American art, this will be necessary, this blending of the art of the Indian, the Mexican, the Eskimo, with the kind of urge which makes the machine, the invention in the material side of life, which is also an artistic urge, the same urge primarily but in a different form of expression.” -Rivera

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  • ‘Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird’ 47cmx61cm
  • heavy use of symbolism

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Frida and Diego mural

REFERENCES Brauser, Uta 2016 ‘Frida and Diego Mural’ September 22 < https://utabrauser.com/2016/09/22/frida-and-diego-mural/ >

Brauser, Uta 2016 ‘Frida la Reina’ January 1 < https://utabrauser.com/2016/01/01/frida-la-reina/ >

Brauser, Uta 2016 ‘Street Art Murals’ September 22 < https://utabrauser.com/2016/09/22/street-art-murals/ >

“Diego Rivera Artist Overview and Analysis”. [Internet]. 2018. TheArtStory.org, The Art Story Contributors < http://www.theartstory.org/artist-rivera-diego.htm >

Popova, Maria 2014 ‘How Diego Rivera Met the Fierce Teenage Frida Kahlo and Fell in Love with her Years Later’ < https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/05/22/diego-rivera-frida-kahlo-meeting/ >

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