Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera at NCMA
January 2 @ 10:00 am - January 26 @ 5:00 pm$9 – $12
Few artists have captured the public’s imagination like Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and her husband, Diego Rivera.
“Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism,” at the N.C. Museum of Art through Sunday, Jan. 19, presents the paintings of these two icons of the 20th century. Rather than a comprehensive survey of Kahlo and Rivera, the exhibit is a highly personal collection by the couple’s patrons and friends — Jacques and Natasha Gelman.
Kahlo and Rivera’s works vary in scope and inspiration. She is best-known for her intense self-portraits, whereas he worked as a large-scale muralist in Mexico and the United States. Kahlo’s work is deeply personal, often depicting her own dreams, painful personal experiences and affinity with Mexican culture, while Rivera’s more public art portrays everyday people swept up in industrial and cultural revolution. Both artists forged the way for Mexican art as a significant element of the 20th century and beyond.
Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection is ticketed in conjunction with Scott Avett: INVISIBLE, which will run through Sunday, Feb. 2.
Scott Avett has been a working artist, focusing on painting and printmaking, since he earned a BFA in studio art from East Carolina University in 2000. But until now, this art-making part of his life has been a secret and a more solitary creative pursuit in comparison to his life as a musician, singer and songwriter.
This solo exhibition features Avett’s large-scale oil paintings—these are psychologically-charged and emotionally-intense portraits focused on his family and himself. Like his songs, Avett’s paintings speak to universal issues of spirituality and struggle, love and loss, heartache and joy, as well as more personal stories of career, family and living in the South.