Worth A Read: Frida Kahlo’s fringed boots, the 19th-century cat painting renaissance, Devo, Yoko,and more

A few stories and cultural news moments that caught our eye recently:

Frida Kahlo's red fringed boots
Frida Kahlo’s red fringed boots

• After Frida Kahlo died in 1954, husband Diego Rivera shut her belongings in a bathroom at their Mexico City home declaring that it would remain locked until 15 years after his death. Only in 2004 was the room opened and photographer Ishiuchi Miyako invited to document its contents. (via The Guardian)

• We are not Devo after all?  “A multifaceted examination of the musical properties of hit songs from 1960 to 2010 concludes that pop is, in fact, continually evolving.Darwin Meets Devo: The Continuing Evolution of Pop Music.” (via Pacific Standard)

Revisiting the 19th Century’s Cat-Painting Renaissance (Price: $15,000 — LOL!) 8 of 8 Cornelis Raaphorst. "Six Cats Playing With a Bird Cage"
Cornelis Raaphorst. “Six Cats Playing With a Bird Cage”

• Because: CATS. “‘The second half of the 19th century begat a cat-painting renaissance. ‘It was a trend that snowballed,’ says 19th-century paintings specialist Madalina Lazen. Bourgeois collectors, interested in enhancing plush domestic interiors, bought the cat canvases.” “The Cat-Painting Renaissance Of The 19th Century.”  (via Vulture)

• Will a retrospective of the art of Yoko Ono help New York’s Museum of Modern Art redeem itself after the widely trounced Björk exhibit? “Yoko Ono and MoMA, Together at Last.” (via The New York Times)

• We’ve got recommendations for the West Austin Studio Tour, here, here and here.

Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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