Author(s): Tanya Barson
Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986) was one of the foundational figuresof American modernism. A seminal woman artist, she rose toprominence in the early twentieth century at the heart of theNew York avant-garde circle that centred around Alfred Stieglitz,who would become O'Keeffe's husband. Many contemporarytexts, as well as those written since, focus on their personal andprofessional relationship, and have re-hashed familiar clichesabout O'Keeffe's work, particularly her best-known paintings offlowers. As this new book reveals, however, she was a complex andmulti-faceted artist whose singular vision included landscapes,nature studies, still lifes and anthropological paintings, and whoconstantly experimented at the boundary between figuration andabstraction.Accompanying a major touring exhibition, this book brilliantlyreassesses O'Keeffe's place in the canon of twentieth-century art.It features essays from a new generation of scholars, focusingon themes including O'Keeffe's place within the early modernavant-garde; the construction of identity and artistic persona;the influence of the cultures and landscapes of the places inwhich she worked; and the relationship between painting andphotography, both within O'Keeffe's work and as part of her widernexus of friends and fellow-artists, from Stieglitz to Paul Strand andAnsel Adams. The book will also feature reviews from the time ofO'Keeffe's early exhibitions to give a contemporary insight into theirreception.Lavishly illustrated with many rarely reproduced works and a fullillustrated chronology, this is the definitive book on one of the mostsignificant and popular artists of modern times.
Tanya Barson is Curator of International Art at Tate Modern.Hannah Johnston is Assistant Curator at Tate Modern.Cody Hartley is Director of Curatorial Affairs at the O'Keeffe Museum.