Georgia O’Keeffe – A Life in Art

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Georgia Totto O’Keeffe (1887 – 1986) was an American artist.

Born near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, O’Keeffe first came to the attention of the New York art community in 1916, several decades before 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, 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 she also became one of America’s most celebrated cultural icons well before her death at age 98 in 1986. (Text from Wikipedia)

Her abstract imagery of the 1910s and early 1920s is among the most innovative of any work produced in the period by American artists. She revolutionized the tradition of flower painting in the 1920s by making large-format paintings of enlarged blossoms, presenting them close up as if seen through a magnifying lens. In addition to this, O’Keeffe’s depictions of New York buildings, most of which date from the same decade, have been recognized as among the most compelling of any paintings of the modern city. Beginning in 1929, when she first began working part of the year in Northern New Mexico—which she made her permanent home in 1949—O’Keeffe depicted subjects specific to that area. Through paintings of its unique landscape configurations, adobe churches, cultural objects, and the bones and rocks she collected from the desert floor, she ultimately laid claim to this area of the American Southwest, which earlier had been celebrated primarily by male artists; the area around where she worked and lived has become known as “O’Keeffe Country.”

Georgia O’Keeffe – A Life in Art (narrated by Gene Hackman)

15 minute biography using archival footage from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, NM.

Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstraction

Barbara Buhler Lynes, curator of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the Emily Fisher Landau director of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center, takes you on a tour of the acclaimed exhibition, “Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstraction”.

Trailer – Georgia O’Keeffe

Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen star in this Lifetime Original Movie – “Georgia O’ Keeffe.” The story of the love affair between America’s most celebrated artist Georgia O’ Keeffe and photographer Alfred Stieglitz .

Bonus: Alfred Stieglitz and the New York Art Scene (1905-46)

Alfred Stieglitz: His Time, Influence, and Vision
Lisa M. Messinger, associate curator, Department of Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Extreme Modernity: The Avant-Garde Looks at New York, 1910–40
Jessica Murphy, research associate, Department of Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Related Exhibition:
Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O’Keeffe
October 13, 2011 — January 2, 2012