An historical retropective that explores the complex universe of an artist who changed the history of modern artContinua a leggere
Born in 1887, Georgia O’Keeffe first came to the attention of the New York art community in 1916, several decades after women had gained access to art training in America’s colleges and universities, and before any of its women artists were well known or highly celebrated. Within a decade, however, she had distinguished herself as one of America's most important modern artists, a position she maintained throughout her life. As a result, O’Keeffe not only carved out a significant place for women painters in an area of the American art community that had been exclusive to and is still dominated by men, but also she had become one of America’s most celebrated cultural icons well before her death at age 98 in 1986.
• More than 90 paintings, drawings and sculptures provide an artistic survey of this female pioneer of American art. It includes her first abstract works from the 1910s, the large oil paintings depicting flowers and nature formations from the 1920s, as well as her famous New York cityscapes and the wide New Mexico landscapes, thus covering her entire artistic range
• Furthermore, photographs, clothing, furniture and tools shed light on an exceptional woman, whose life was inseparably connected with the impressive landscape of New Mexico. Georgia O’Keeffe, who lived to be 98, exemplifies with her work how American art dissociated from European traditions, and addresses the artistic emancipation of female artists
• The photographer and gallerist Alfred Stieglitz (1864–1946), O’Keeffe’s supporter and later her husband, appreciated her as an artist as well as his model. His famous photographs of her were then deemed shockingly erotic. Pictures by other notable photographers, such as Ansel Adams, Todd Webb and Don Worth, show further facets of her life and work
•The catalogue includes an illustrated chronology and a bibliography.
Barbara Buhler Lynes is the curator of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Emily Fisher Landau Director, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center. She is the leading expert on the art of painter Georgia O’Keeffe. She holds doctoral degrees in French Literature and Art History and has written books, book chapters, essays, and numerous exhibition catalogues on O’Keeffe and other American modernists, including the 1999 catalogue raisonné that documents and authenticates O’Keeffe’s extensive oeuvre.
Rome, Museo Fondazione Roma, 4 October 2011 – 20 January 2012
Munchen, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, 3 February – 13 May 2012