Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving - Brooklyn Museum

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s unique and immediately recognizable style was an integral part of her identity. Kahlo came to define herself through her ethnicity, disability, and politics, all of which were at the heart of her work. Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving is the largest U.S. exhibition in ten years devoted to the iconic painter and the first in the United States to display a collection of her clothing and other personal possessions, which were rediscovered and inventoried in 2004 after being locked away since Kahlo’s death, in 1954. They are displayed alongside important paintings, drawings, and photographs from the celebrated Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art, as well as related historical film and ephemera. To highlight the collecting interests of Kahlo and her husband, muralist Diego Rivera, works from our extensive holdings of Mesoamerican art are also included.

Nickolas Muray (American, born Hungary, 1892–1965). Frida in New York, 1946; printed 2006. Carbon pigment print, image: 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum; Emily Winthrop Miles Fund, 2010.80. Photo by Nickolas Muray, © Nickolas Muray Photo Archive. (Photo: Brooklyn Museum)

Kahlo’s personal artifacts—which range from noteworthy examples of Kahlo’s Tehuana clothing, contemporary and pre-Colonial jewelry, and some of the many hand-painted corsets and prosthetics used by the artist during her lifetime—had been stored in the Casa Azul (Blue House), the longtime Mexico City home of Kahlo and Rivera, who had stipulated that their possessions not be disclosed until 15 years after Rivera’s death. The objects shed new light on how Kahlo crafted her appearance and shaped her personal and public identity to reflect her cultural heritage and political beliefs, while also addressing and incorporating her physical disabilities. 

Brooklyn Museum from February 8–May 12, 2019

Dreamlike paintings by Joseph Lorusso

A kiss is a secret told to the mouth instead of the ear; kisses are the messengers of love and tenderness. Ingrid Bergman

Joseph Lorusso creates landscapes and figurative works. In painting these subjects, Lorusso has concentrated on honing his powers of observation, especially as it concerns to color, texture, form and composition. Lorusso’s paintings have been described as warm and dreamlike, places of restful escape with a sense of spirituality, and share timelessness with the works of other eras.

Discovering the works of the Impressionists, he gravitated towards the works of Manet and Vuillard. Lorusso searched for similar work of such emotion and soon became an avid student of painting, seeking out and immersing himself in the works of various artists. This path would ultimately lead him to the works of Sargent, Sorolla, Whistler and a whole army of lesser-known yet equally capable painters. Within this group of artists, Lorusso would find a sense of identity. In these masterful works, he saw the power to harness emotion and convey it with power and confidence, yet with delicacy and tasteful restraint. He also saw in these artists the ability to express the "essence” of an object with just a few carefully chosen brushstrokes, creating a visceral and intuitive state of painting.


Some of the most beautiful libraries in the world 📚

These libraries are known for their extraordinaries exteriors and interiors featuring outstanding designs. Nothing compared to the millions of books housed within their walls. So whether you're a bookworm or an architecture lover, start adding these libraries to your must-visit list.

Ateneo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

St. Florian Monastery, Austria

The Oberlausitzische Library of Science, Gorlitz, Germany

Royal Site of San Lorenzo De El Escorial Library, S. Lorenzo De El Escorial, Spain

Library of Orthopedic Institute Rizzoli, Bologna

The Admont Library in Admont, Austria

The National Library of Prague, Prague, Czech Republic

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt

Bibliothèque Sainte Geneviève, Paris, France

The City Libary, Stuttgart, Germany

The 19th Century National Library of Greece, Athens

The National Library of China, Beijing, China

Vennesla Library, Vennesla, Norway

The Strahov Monastery Library, Prague

Palácio Nacional De Mafra, Portugal

Public Library, New York

Handelingenkamer Tweede Kamer Der Staten-generaal Den Haag Iii, Netherlands

Bibliothèque Nationale De France, Paris, France

George Peabody Library, Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Biblioteca Real Gabinete Portugues De Leitura, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland

Abbey Library of Saint Gallen, Switzerland


Underwater Angels by Zena Holloway

Photographer, Zena Holloway, works almost exclusively underwater. She combines the highly technical aspects of working in water with unique creative direction that delivers audiences to a breathtaking aquatic realm. Her underwater aesthetic causes us to question everything we know about water.

 Behind me I feel her presence, my ancestress, my double, turning in midair under the chandelier, in her costume of stars and feathers, a bird stopped in flight, a woman made into an angel, waiting to be found. – Margaret Atwood, A Handmaid’s Tale

Nude by by Japanese photographer Shinichi Maruyama

Nude is a series of nine elegant and mysterious images of a dancer in motion that contradict the notion of a photograph as a single moment of stopped time, made by Japanese photographer Shinichi Maruyama.

These images are comprised of thousands of individual frames layered together.  Collaborating with the choreographer Jessica Lang, Maruyama has created images of movement and the human figure without a beginning or end.  The inspiration comes from Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase, 1912.  A painting which “ended all painting,” Duchamp envisioned a scene enacted over time—a construction of multiple frames of a figure walking down a staircase.


Paintings by Denis Sarazhin

Denis Sarazhin is a Ukranian-born painter whose textured works seem to be carved out of rough flecks of color. In his paintings Denis is able to craft oil paintings that convey both mystery and motion. His work has been compared to masters like Egon Schiele, however, Sarazhin has forged an approach all his own.


Photographs with unique perspective by Rob Woodcox

Rob Woodcox is a fine art and fashion photographer born in Houston, raised in Detroit, and currently splitting time between Mexico City, Los Angeles and New York City. He exercises his talent for photography with a passion that is unquenchable and contagious.  As he creates each piece of artwork, Rob strives to capture fragments of a vivid life sewn by the threads of reality, memory and dream.  Each concept is a declaration of his experience and seeks to tell a meaningful story to each individual that views it.

Rob's passion for photography has developed into a dedication for advocacy and making strained voices heard. Rob has produced projects raising awareness and conversation around the US foster system and adoption, queer identity, body positivity and racial diversity.  Having been adopted as a child and interacting often with the foster care system, Rob creates from a unique perspective, finding hope in the human connection and the will to overcome negative constructs within our complex societies. 


Hyperrealism drawings by Jesus Porras

Jesús Porras was born in Málaga (Spain) in 1984. Jesus started with oil painting, then after he tried as a Tattooist, finally, looking for hyperrealism drawing throw pencil graphite. Take a look at the amazing details in the following works:


Unique and meticulous tattoo style by Balazs Bercsenyi

Balazs Bercsenyi is a many-sided tattoo artist from Pécs, Hungary. His unique, meticulous style is influenced by ritual, spirituality, geometry, the occult, and sculpture, and has become the cornerstone for his independent art projects.

After an apprenticeship in London at the age of 20, Balazs went on to join the world-renowned Bang Bang crew in New York City. While continuing his passion for tattooing there, he has explored illustration and fashion design as new mediums to bridge the gap between ancient tradition and modern elegance.


Once Upon a Dream in Waterland By Lucie Drlikova

This is the story of a girl Stella, she is dreaming her lucid dream, in the water, where she was born. She is dreaming about magic Waterland.The meaning of the name Stella is the Star, and this star goes through whole story and so is a piece of Stella in each character. 


Perspective by Moises Levy

Moises Levy is an Architect who lives in Mexico City. His fine art works captivate the viewer at first sight. He uses perspective abstracts in his black-and-white compositions and, depicts optical illusions created just by people moving around.


"Not all heroes wear capes" - Stan Lee 1922 - 2018

Stan Lee was an American comic-book writer, editor, and publisher, executive vice president and publisher of Marvel Comics.

Stan Lee circa 1970Photographer: Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images

First came the Fantastic Four, a superhero team probably most famous for the grumpy, rock-skinned Thing. Following that success Lee and Marvel introduced such characters as Spider-Man, the Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, the X-Men, Daredevil, and many other fictional characters, introducing a thoroughly shared universe into superhero comic books.

Stan Lee in 2008. Photographer: Jonathan Alcorn/Bloomberg

I never thought that Spider-Man would become the worldwide icon that he is. I just hoped the books would sell and I'd keep my job, Lee said in 2006.

On 16 July 2017, Lee was named a Disney Legend, a hall of fame program that recognizes individuals who have made an extraordinary and integral contribution to The Walt Disney Company.

RIP Stan Lee

© Jordi Martinez

© LEGO - MiniSuperHeroes

© Oscar Olivares

© Guilherme Bandeira

© Tony Poulson Handoverthehero


Wood sculptures by Tach Pollard

Tach Pollard, a wood sculpture from England, has always loved trees. The woodlands offered him a wonderland of organically shaped roots for him to pull out of the ground. It was not until later in his life that he began to carve some of the wood he had collected. He focuses on sculpting wood and he occasionally carves woodblocks for printing. His sculptures are inspired by the wood itself with hints of European Folklore, mystery traditions, and mythology.


Tower to the People by Italian street artist Eron

"Tower to the People" in Santarcangelo (Rimini), to celebrate the triumph of peace by Italian street artist Eron

The work, a monument depicting a set of flowers that form a fist raised to the sky, expresses, with all its grandeur, the power of delicacy, the power of non-violence, the victory of kindness, the love against hatred , the intensity of poetry, the perfection of harmony, the desire for freedom and peace of people. A poetic, silent and at the same time disruptive work


Siena International Photo Awards WINNERS

Siena International Photo Awards (SIPAContest) is a photography competition for professional, amateur and student photographers from around the world. It is judged by an international panel of experts that includes renowned photographers, editors and picture buyers. First presented in 2015, by their second year the awards and the associated Siena Art Photo Travel Festival were considered prestigious.

#1 El Calbuco, Chile (1st Place In The Beauty Of The Nature Category)
© Francisco Negroni

#2 Arctic Fox, Usa (3rd Place In Animals In Their Environment Category)

#3 Sharing Emotion (Remarkable Award In Fascinating Faces And Characters Category)
© Mohd Nazri Sulaiman

#4 Cosmic Wildflowers, Brazil (Honorable Mention In The beauty of the nature Category)
© Francisco Negroni

#4 Rhino Silhouette, Kenya (Honorable Mention In Animals In Their Environment Category)

#5 Cosmic Wildflowers, Brazil (Honorable Mention In The beauty of the nature Category)

© Marcio Cabral

#6 Underwater View Of The Winter Lofoten (Remarkable Award In The Beauty Of The Nature Categoty)
© Сергей Луканкин

#7 Nemo In The House (Remarkable Award In Animals In Their Environment Category)
© Matteo Visconti

#8 Toy Houses, Russia (1st Place In Architecture & Urban Spaces Category)
© Fyodor Savintsev

#9 Beyond Pink, USA (Honorouble Mention In General Color Category)
© Becky Yee

#10 Joana, Dancer At The Tropicana, Sat With Her Grandmother, Cuba (Honorable Mention In Fascinating faces and characters Category)

#11 The Wave, Antarctica Waters (3rd Place In Journeys And Adventures Category)
© Lorraine Turci

#12 Run! (Remarkable Award In Animals In Their Environment Category)
© Christoph Kaula

#13 Camels In The Desert, Mongolia (2nd Place In General Color Category)
© Weiguo Hu

#14 Break, Indonesia (Honorable Mention In Fascinating faces and characters Category)
© Burak Senbak

#15 Jump, Canada (Honorable Mention In Animals In Their Environment Category)

#16 Love On The Rocks (Remarkable Award In Animals In Their Environment Category)
© Amos Nachoum

#17 Mind The Gap, Antarctica (Honorable Mention In Animals In Their Environment Category)

#18 Battle Victim, Bangladesh (Photo Of The Year)
© K M Asad

#19 The Road Of Fortune, Vietnam (Honorable Mention in Splash of Colors category)
© Sian Koi Kua

#20 Killer Whale In Polar Night, Norway (Honorable Mention In Animals In Their Environment Category)


“About being alone together”

The human body never fails to impress and surprise me. - Mehran Djojan

Kabul-born, Berlin-based photographer Mehran Djojan, captures beautiful conceptual portraits that explore the dreamlike realm of his imagination.

Although often surreal in scope, the images appear effortlessly natural; they evoke emotion through the expressiveness of the subjects’ faces and bodies within the environment, rather than overly contrived, digitally manipulated tropes of the genre.



Mehran Djojan Website


Euro Bills with Famous Artworks

Mari Roldan is a young painter from Malaga, Spain. Mari uses acrylic and oil and she paints euro bills with famous artworks.