Blown away! I have seriously fallen in love with Frida's work. It is so powerful. I saw the movie about her life, as I'm sure a lot of people did, back in 2002. Salma Hayek was great in it, loved the movie but never really gave her art much thought since then.
I'm in San Francisco for Oracle OpenWorld right now and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has a Frida Kahlo exhibit on right now so Monique and I went to go see it. Sold out, we had to purchase the tickets for 2 days later and even then when we went it was packed.
Her work is mainly about her life, her ideas and her feelings. Pieces ranged from her feelings of living in America, frustrations of being in an accident, sadness over her miscarriage, Mexican patriotism, and also her love and brokenheartedness for, and at times inferiority to, Diego Rivera.
They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn't. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality - Frida Kahlo
What I love about her work is that it's so moving, you can feel her emotions, her pain and frustrations jumping off the canvas (and literally in a couple of her pieces, she paints onto the frame). It's usually jam packed with symbolism and tiny details (like this painting of the 2 Frida's, the Frida with the blue green dress is holding a small picture of Diego when he was a child).
You can see from her work she's an incredibly strong, opinionated and passionate person. But also that she's frail, insecure and vulnerable.
All in all I absolutely loved this exhibit. The audio tour was good, I wish I had more time and that it wasn't so crowded.