Mad Art Cast: Photoshopping the Bloomers off Frida Kahlo
It’s Mad Art Cast time! This episode is a quickie- which means it is short and sweet. In this episode we bring you a story that centers around the artist Frida Kahlo and the nude photos of her that are being shared on the internet.
Listen in as the gang discusses the fact that there are a lot of photoshopped images of the artist out there and how you can tell the real from the altered. I share the story of how I stumbled across some of these photos, and how I realized they were fakes and why you should be skeptical of images, especially of women that you see online.
Then we talk about the amazing exhibit taking place in New York where Frida’s garden from her longtime home, La Casa Azul ( The blue house) that has been partially recreated with native plants that grew in Mexico during her life. It sounds so incredibly beautiful, I really want to see it! If you are near The Botanical Gardens in New York, definitely take time to visit the exhibit.
Here are links for Botanical Garden Exhibit: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/22/arts/design/in-frida-kahlo-art-garden-life-nature-melds-with-the-artist-herself.html
Search for Julien Levy, photography for original Frida images. They are from 1938.
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Featured image of Frida Kahlo by Julien Levy.
Pretty fair assessment tho of course, since I made them, I don’t find them “depressing”. For the record, virtually all the fake nude Fridas online are mine, created in a 2-month period Summer of 2012, and none since. I think there’s only one where she is shaved, on most all the rest she has plenty of body hair. I’ve worked overtime to make sure people know they’re fake – I dread the idea that someone, thinking they’re real, might get a tattoo of one!
I’ll just throw in, whatever one thinks of the whole photoshop fakery business, that Frida is and was an international sex symbol and, based on the reaction to my fakes – and to the real Levi nudes – , a lot of people of all sexes were interested in seeing her nude. That alone doesn’t make it ‘Okay’, but it’s worth mentioning.
Fun podcast – thanks!