Georgia O'Keeffe : to see takes time /

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Author / Creator:O'Keeffe, Georgia, 1887-1986, artist.
Imprint:New York : The Museum of Modern Art, [2023]
New York, NY : Distributed in the United States and Canada by ARTBOOK / A.A.P. ; London : Distributed outside the United States and Canada by Thomas & Hudson
Description:180 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
Subject:O'Keeffe, Georgia, -- 1887-1986 -- Exhibitions.
O'Keeffe, Georgia, -- 1887-1986 -- Criticism and interpretation.
O'Keeffe, Georgia, -- 1887-1986.
Art, Modern -- Exhibitions.
Exhibition catalogs.
Exhibition catalogs.
Format: Print Book
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Varying Form of Title:To see takes time
Other authors / contributors:Friedman, Samantha, curator, writer of supplementary textual content.
Olek, Emily, writer of supplementary textual content.
Lowry, Glenn D., writer of supplementary textual content.
Neufeld, Laura, writer of supplementary textual content.
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.), host institution.
Notes:Published to accompany an exhibition held at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, April 9-August 12, 2023.
Includes bibliographical references compiled by Emily Olek.
Summary:"Recalling a charcoal she made in 1916, Georgia O'Keeffe later wrote, 'I have made this drawing several times--never remembering that I had made it before--and not knowing where the idea came from.' These drawings, and the majority of O'Keeffe's works in charcoal, watercolor, pastel and graphite, belong to series in which she develops and transforms motifs that lie between observation and abstraction. In the formative years of 1915 to 1918, she made as many works on paper as she would in the next 40 years, producing sequences in watercolor of abstract lines, organic landscapes and nudes, along with charcoal drawings she would group according to the designation "specials." While her practice turned increasingly toward canvas in subsequent decades, important series on paper reappeared--including charcoal flowers of the 1930s, portraits of the 1940s and aerial views of the 1950s."--
Standard no.:MoMA 2521
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

In this enlightening entry, Friedman (What Degas Saw), associate curator at the Museum of Modern Art, traces how Georgia O'Keeffe (1887--1986) developed a visual language over the course of her career. Since her earliest days as an art teacher, O'Keeffe drew and painted compulsively--and nearly obsessively--and was inspired by mentor Arthur Wesley Dow to repeat figures until she discovered their perfect composition, scale, and color. In 1915, after O'Keeffe resolved to "start anew, to strip away what I had been taught," she stopped emulating other artists' styles and forged her own ideas and motifs, focusing on landscapes, waves, and nudes. Friedman spotlights the watercolors O'Keeffe produced after moving to Texas in 1916, as she explored the possibilities of color in landscape paintings and nude self-portraits; oil depictions of flowers that used "directional strokes that conform to the shape of the subject" after the painter's 1918 move to New York; and from later in life, aerial views of landscapes that were characterized by a curious mix of abstraction and representation, indicating that "with enough distance, even reality can become unbelievable." Combining careful analysis, quotes from O'Keeffe, and lush renderings, Friedman arrives at an engrossing and visually arresting synthesis of the artist's stylistic evolution. Art connoisseurs will treasure this. Photos. (Apr.)

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