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Georgia O'Keeffe: American and Modern

Georgia O'Keeffe: American and Modern
Library Shelf Location 18.OKEE
Publication Date 1993
Description Exhibition catalogue. Exhibition itenerary: Hayward Gallery, London, April 8, 1993-June 27, 1993; El Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, July 15, 1993-October 1, 1993; Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, October 30, 1993-January 16, 1994. "In association with InterCultura, Fort Worth, the Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation, Abiquiu." - t.p. Includes bibliographical references (p. 221). Dates of available copies: 1993. Summary Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings - the exquisite recesses of flowers, the southwestern hills, clouds, and bleached bones, the sculptural abstract forms painted in strong, clear colours - are beloved by critics and public alike. This book examines O'Keeffe's life and work, focusing on the quintessential American qualities of her art and her idiosyncratic way of seeing. Charles C. Eldredge begins with a discussion of O'Keeffe as an American artist, describing the openly nationalistic billing that her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz, gave to her New York one-woman show in 1923, the ways in which she fits into an American tradition in painting that extends back to Copley and the Peale family, and her reluctance to be influenced by foreign art trends. Recounting how O'Keeffe left New York and returned to the rural subjects of her childhood, Eldredge shows that the artist's preoccupation with subjects such as barns not only reflected an urge to paint "something I know" but also aligned her with the Transcendentalist tradition in American thought. Eldredge explores the psychoanalytic speculation surrounding the strong element of sexuality in O'Keeffe's work, setting her in the context of America's awakening enthusiasm for Freudian theorizing and assessing the extent to which her work can be seen as feminine self-revelation. He describes O'Keeffe's modernity, her innovative readiness to push her art towards abstraction and serial art. And he analyzes her aesthetic vision, which, moulded by western landscape, the photographic techniques absorbed from Stieglitz, and her faith in a spiritual cosmos, helped her to create a unique body of work. This book, which reproduces a rich selection of O'Keeffe's paintings, and includes full commentary for each work, will serve as the catalogue for an exhibition of O'Keeffe's work opening at London's Hayward Gallery in April 1993 and then moving on to Mexico City and Yokohama. Review Review Since her death in 1986 the attention devoted to the life and art of Georgia O'Keeffe has intensified immeasurably: she is now firmly established as a legend of modern Western culture, acclaimed by the public and critics alike, the subject of a burgeoning literature. Charles Eldredge here gives us a splendid overview of her career. Her work, he reveals, was infused by a spirit reflecting a new approach that was wholly modern - and distinctly American. He provides a full chronology of her life, with many photographs, which emphasizes both her maturity and talent and the range of her acquaintances and travels. Then there is a full analysis of her artistic achievement, which does much to show that her oeuvre was considerably more extensive than the paintings of flowers and of bones and skulls for which she is most readily known - and encompassed a range of subjects and styles drawn from many influences and experiences over a long life. The centrepiece of the book - it is the catalogue of an exhibition surveying her full artistic output - is a series of over 80 reproductions of her paintings and drawings, with an extended discussion of many of them. As a result, it offers us a significant account of the work of the greatest woman artist of this century - and probably of most others too. (Kirkus UK)
ISBN 0300055765
Quantity 1
Pages 226 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm.
Author Charles C Eldredge
Format Hardback
Publisher Yale University Press
Related Artist Georgia O'Keeffe
Categories Painting, Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team)
Artist's Nationality American (USA)
Language English

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