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O'Keeffe, Georgia

(ōkēf`), 1887–1986, American painter, b. Sun Prairie, Wis. After working briefly as a commercial artist in Chicago, O'Keeffe abandoned painting until she began the study of abstract design with A. W. Dow at Columbia Univ. Teachers College. Thereafter she taught art in Texas. Her work was first exhibited in 1916 at the 291 Gallery of Alfred StieglitzStieglitz, Alfred
, 1864–1946, American photographer, editor, and art exhibitor, b. Hoboken, N.J. The first art photographer in the United States, Stieglitz more than any other American compelled the recognition of photography as a fine art.
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, whom she married in 1924. Immaculate, sculptural, organic forms painted in strong, clear colors predominate in her works. Living much of her life in New Mexico, O'Keeffe employed numerous Southwestern motifs such as bleached bones, barren, rolling hills, clouds, and desert blooms. Cow's Skull, Red, White, and Blue (1931; Metropolitan Mus.) is characteristic. Her pristine abstract designs carry strong elements of sexual symbolism—especially her flower paintings, her most personal works. Using a photographic close-up technique, she revealed the exquisite recesses of calla lilies, orchids, and hollyhocks. Her later works are more purely abstract. O'Keeffe is represented in a Santa Fe museum devoted to her works and in major museums nationwide.

Bibliography

See her collected drawings (1968), and B. B. Lynes, ed., Georgia O'Keeffe: Catalogue Raisonné (2 vol., 1999); S. Greenough, ed., My Faraway One: Selected Letters of Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz (1 vol., 2011–); biographies by L. Lisle (1987), R. Robinson (1989), and H. Drohojowska-Philp (2004); J. Cowart et al., Georgia O'Keeffe: Art and Letters (1987); B. Haskell, ed., Georgia O'Keeffe: Abstraction (2009).

O'Keeffe, Georgia

(1887–1986) painter; born in Sun Prairie, Wis. By age 12 she was intent on being an artist. She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago (1904–08) and the Art Students League, New York (1907–08), then taught in Texas (1912–18). Alfred Stieglitz was the first to promote her work; they married (1924) but spent increasingly less time together. While based in New York, she became famous for flower paintings such as Black Iris (1926), and cityscapes such as Radiator Building—Night, New York (1927). New Mexico, which she visited from 1929 on and where she settled in 1946, inspired the paintings that made her later reputation—stark abstractions from nature, like Deer's Skull with Pedernal (1931).
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Vincent van Gough's Portrait du Dr Gachet is the world's most expensive painting after its New York sale for pounds 44,378,696 to a Japanese buyer in 1990 but how many know Calla Lillies with Red Anemone by American painter Georgia O'Keefe bought for pounds 3,948,662 in another New York sale is the most expensive painting by a woman artist?
The collection includes works of such artists as Ansel Adams, Paul Cezanne, Leonardo DaVinci, Marcel Duchamp, Winslow Homer, Claude Monet, Georgia O'Keefe, Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Pierre Auguste Renoir, John Singer Sargent, Andy Warhol and Andrew Wyeth.
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The contemporary still lifes are paired with paintings from the museum's permanent collection -- Marc Chagall's bouquet with an embracing couple, Henry Todd's bottles and still life, CW Schureyn's "The Law Office,'' Georgia O'Keefe and Nell Blain's florals.
Mikhail Baryshnikov because he is a dancer and very sexy (see Sex And The City for reference),Zucherro, an Italian rock star because his music is fab and he's just mad, Harvey Keitel because he is a great actor and the voice is just electric, Colette the French writer because her writing influenced me when I was growing up and Georgia O'Keefe because her painting and the way she lead her life inspired me and because she is proof that older women can be beautiful.
A selection of 240 photographs, chosen by Mexican photographer and curator Pablo Ortiz Monasterio, include family pictures, snapshots taken with lovers, as well as images that reveal relationships with Russian Marxist revolutionary Leon Trotsky and American photographers Edward Weston, Alfred Stieglitz, artist Georgia O'Keefe and actress Dolores del Rio.
Among the artists featured are Judith Leyster, Angelica Kauffmann, Emily Mary Osborn, Camille Claudel, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Georgia O'Keefe, Kathe Kollwitz, Frida Kahlo, Leonora Carrington, Faith Ringgold, and Judy Chicago.
The exhibition includes 200 pieces of Steuben Glass, plus related drawings by Isamu Noguchi, Giorgio de Chirico, Georgia O'Keefe and others.
Filled with full-page illustrations of watercolors and oil paintings made in the American Southwest over the last 150 years, this is a kaleidoscopic presentation of works by artists of many schools and styles, from the well-known canvases of Georgia O'Keefe to less-familiar works by Hopper, Hartley, Marin, and Ernst and on to works of artists whose names are not necessarily well known to gallery goers.
Highlighted by Georgia O'Keefe, the exhibit's last room heralds the dawn of the New York School, which would replace Paris as the center of the art world.
In a manner that recalls the experiences of Georgia O'Keefe, the incredible drama of nature, and the stark and isolated experience of existence in the desert seems to have touched some chord in Benglis.
Lovelace along with her husband Jon have actively served their community through their involvement with organizations such as the Board of Governors of Idyllwild Arts Foundation, the governing boards of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and the Georgia O'Keefe Museum, the foundation of the University of California at Santa Barbara, the Capital Group Foundation, the Brain Mapping Research Organization at UCLA, and as Chair of the Pierson-Lovelace Foundation, a charitable support organization.

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