Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986)
was one of the foundational figures of American modernism. A seminal
woman artist, she rose to prominence in the early twentieth century at
the heart of the New York avant-garde circle that centred around Alfred
Stieglitz, who would become O'Keeffe's husband. Many contemporary texts,
as well as those written since, focus on their personal and
professional relationship, and have re-hashed familiar cliches about
O'Keeffe's work, particularly her best-known paintings of flowers. As
this new book reveals, however, she was a complex and multi-faceted
artist whose singular vision included landscapes, nature studies, still
lifes and anthropological paintings, and who constantly experimented at
the boundary between figuration and abstraction. Accompanying a major
touring exhibition, this book brilliantly reassesses O'Keeffe's place in
the canon of twentieth-century art.
It features essays from a new
generation of scholars, focusing on themes including O'Keeffe's place
within the early modern avant-garde; the construction of identity and
artistic persona; the influence of the cultures and landscapes of the
places in which she worked; and the relationship between painting and
photography, both within O'Keeffe's work and as part of her wider nexus
of friends and fellow-artists, from Stieglitz to Paul Strand and Ansel
Adams. The book will also feature reviews from the time of O'Keeffe's
early exhibitions to give a contemporary insight into their reception.
Lavishly illustrated with many rarely reproduced works and a full
illustrated chronology, this is the definitive book on one of the most
significant and popular artists of modern times.
Boktitel: Georgia O´Keeffe Redaktör: Tanya Barson Bokförlag: Tate Publishing Tanya Barson is Curator of
International Art at Tate Modern.