Mexico Court Vindicates Frida Kahlo Trove

Posted on June 10, 2011


The trove of Frida Kahlo works revealed in 2009 may finally go up on exhibition. A court has considered whether art dealers and scholars were correct when they alleged the trove was inauthentic. The article explains:

The court did not rule on the collection’s authenticity, saying only that the bank and the trust had failed to prove that it was counterfeit. The Noyolas are respected, longtime antiquarians and art dealers from Monterrey, Mexico, who acquired the 1,200-piece archive in 2004. They have always expressed their faith in its legitimacy, while also offering to make the trove available for scholarly examination.

The trove consists of “16 small oil paintings, 23 watercolors and pastels, 59 notebook pages (diary entries, recipes, etc.), 73 anatomical studies (some dated prior to Kahlo’s disfiguring 1925 trolley accident), 128 pencil and crayon drawings, 129 illustrated prose-poems, and 230 letters to Carlos Pellicer, the Modernist poet and Frida’s close confidant, many adorned with sketches.”

It is interesting that the dealers and collectors who alleged the works were fake had never ever laid eyes on them before, yet they were willing to go so far as to publish their (baseless) opinions.  This reflects on how the art market is, in some ways, a house of cards, with people believing and promoting the ideas that benefit them.  It is interesting that art is commonly conceptualized as noble, ethereal even, yet so frequently sullied by the nature of how it is peddled.

Read the full article here: Disputed Frida Kahlo archive may be authentic, Mexican court rules.

Hat tip Derek Fincham.