Today is Frida Kahlo’s birthday. In honor of this ever-fascinating artist (a fellow moon-child!), I’ve just written a short piece about Kahlo, her garden, and the current exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden. Click here to view.
Wishing you a festive weekend and a glorious Fourth!
The British Museum describes this small mummy-portrait as “cheerful” if “rather amateurish.” It also notes her jewelry—the snake bracelet, the dangling earrings, the layered necklaces—and, last but not least, the small bottle she clasps:
“In her hand she holds a small unguentarium, or bottle for scented oils, which were often placed in graves as offerings to the dead. Here, perhaps, it is simply intended to represent a bottle of her favorite perfume.”
Indeed. If you were an ancient Egyptian, wouldn’t you want to take your favorite fragrances into the afterlife with you? I would.
Source: Paul Roberts, Mummy Portraits of Roman Egypt. London, The British Museum, 2008.
I recently attended the press preview for “Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971″ at the Museum of Modern Art. I was preparing to write a short piece about the exhibition as a freelance assignment (see here!), but this visit ended up being pleasure as well as work.
I even picked up a few fragrance references that I’d like to share here. One came in connection with Ono’s 1971 “exhibition” at MoMA, which was actually a work of Conceptual art rather than a literal exhibition. Continue reading
I’m eyeing the latest product launch from Lipstick Queen, a color-changing lipstick named Frog Prince. It’s bright clover green in the tube, but when it’s applied to lips, it adjusts to a rosy pink shade.
I’m a fan of LQ’s Hello Sailor, and I’d probably enjoy Frog Prince even more. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to nab a press sample, but I’ll check it out next time I’m near Barneys or SpaceNK.
In the meantime, I’m smiling over the illustration of a frog reclining in front of a fairytale castle, because it reminds me of something…
Invoice of Violets by Paul de Longpré, published by L. Prang & Co., ca. 1870s-90s. Via Boston Public Library.
For the first day of Spring!
Victor Borisov-Musatov, Spring Sun, ca. 1899. Russian Museum, St. Petersburg.