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Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray

Friday, May 8–Sunday, July 5, 2009

Nickolas Muray (American, born Hungary, 1892–1965). Frida on White Bench, New York, 1939. Image courtesy of Smith Kramer Fine Art.

Forty-seven exquisite color and black-and-white photographs of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo by the American photographer Nickolas Muray are featured in this exhibition organized and circulated by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services. Muray and Kahlo first met in Mexico in 1931 and soon began a love affair that lasted ten years and continued as an enduring friendship throughout their lives. The photographs, selected from the Nickolas Muray Archives, capture the exotic mystery and proud beauty of Frida Kahlo through the eyes of this accomplished portrait photographer, who loved her deeply. Organized at the Albright-Knox by Associate Curator Holly E. Hughes, the exhibition will also include reproductions of Kahlo’s letters to Muray, explanatory wall texts, and an educational brochure.