Cover image of the coffee table book entitled Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit (available from Museum Bookstore)

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit

Regular price £29.95

'A series of unusually readable essays by various specialists makes the accompanying catalog more than a prop for this exciting exhibition' Wall Street Journal

Visitors view Frida Kahlo's 1931 painting, Frieda and Diego Rivera, - Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit at the Detroit Institute of Arts

From April 1932 through March 1933, Diego Rivera (1886–1957) and Frida Kahlo (1907–1954) stayed in Detroit. Against the backdrop of the Great Depression and amid labour protests in the city, Rivera researched, designed and painted his Detroit Industry murals for the Detroit Institute of Arts which Rivera hoped would 'promote a communist message in a capitalist land'. Kahlo, meanwhile, developed her own artistic identity almost unnoticed, emerging with an oeuvre of extraordinarily expressive work.

For this catalogue to the Detroit Institute of Arts' 2015 exhibition, Mark Rosenthal and a team of scholars have written essays that examine the artists, the city of Detroit in this period, and the commissioning of the murals. The book includes Rivera’s cartoons for the murals, along with new archival research conducted by Rivera’s grandson, Juan Rafael Coronel Rivera. Featuring more than 100 colour illustrations of works by both artists, this book presents Detroit as a profoundly important place for the artistic development of Rivera and Kahlo.

One of the Guardian's best art books of 2015.

  • Author: Mark Rosenthal, Adjunct Curator at Detroit Institute of Arts
  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Date published: February 2015
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-0300211603
  • Product Dimensions: 29 x 20.6 x 2 cm