Frida Kahlo at the de Young: So-So Painter, Master at Self-Invention

Frida with Olmeca Figurine, Coyoacán, 1939, by Nickolas Muray. Color carbon print. (Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, gift of George and Marie Hecksher in honor of the tenth anniversary of the new de Young museum. 2018.68.1. Image courtesy the de Young Museum. © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives. Image courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)
Plus a Calder/Picasso show that’s much ado about not much

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE E arlier this week, I wrote about the de Young Museum in San Francisco. It’s one of my favorite museums for its American collection and its handsome, storied building. I focused last time on the de Young as an institution, but I did see three exhibitions while I was there.

Frida Kahlo: Looks Can Be Deceiving and Calder/Picasso are the two anchor exhibitions running at the de Young now, though Uncanny Valley: Being Human in the Age of AI is by far the most challenging, original, and relevant. Kahlo and Calder/Picasso are crowd-pleasers and income-producers, but Uncanny Valley, free of charge and


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