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Truth is crucial in Kahlo art dispute

September 27, 2009

Re "Fighting Over Frida Kahlo" (Sept. 6): The debate over the authenticity of an archive of works claimed by some to have been created by Kahlo is one that will have lasting implications for the Mexican art world. Attaining the correct information about works and their origin is crucial. The mere notion that the entire dispute may boil down to a politico-economic power trip is quite tragic.

As Christopher Knight has so clearly evidenced, those who are vigorously concerned with muting the growing buzz around this newly published archive would benefit least from this possible new development. It would seem the high rollers of the Frida Kahlo industry are more concerned with money in their pockets than the pursuit of truth.

They have assumed that, just by looking at photographs of the archive, they could determine that they were not works of Kahlo. Now there is a possibility that these artifacts were not, in fact, creations of Kahlo. However, I would have to stand by the author's opinion: It would be a great injustice to the art world if these possible pieces of history were hidden from view because someone was too proud to seek the complete truth.

Mariah DiCecco

San Diego

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