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Georgia O'Keeffe and New Mexico: A Sense of Place

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Overview

"This book will significantly contribute to our understanding of this phase of O'Keeffe's life and accomplishments. Lynes' essay, in particular, opens up a new aspect of the artist's work. She revisits the landscapes that inspired much of O'Keeffe's artistry, comparing each carefully with its corresponding painted rendition. She discovers how the artist walks the fine line between specific observation and playful abstraction. Her careful consideration of each pictorial structure makes us see the lengths to which O'Keeffe went in order to make these landscape forms speak to her."—Kathleen Pyne, University of Notre Dame

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Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement
In her meticulous account, Lesley Poling-Kempes discusses the geophysical origins of this land of 'extremes and contrast,' analyzing the layered stone formations and matching them up with O'Keeffe's keen observations of red shales, sandshales and silt stones created 200 million years ago. . . . Frederich W. Turner steps more intimately into O'Keeffe's preserve, discussing her eccentricities, her remoteness from others sharing the land . . . and the mythology she did much to create. . . . Once installed in New Mexico, though, she became an authentic new conquistador, he concludes, and entered her true final domain.
— Dore Ashton
The Wilson Quarterly
The illustrations are beautifully reproduced, and the book's three essays are intelligent, carefully researched, and elegantly presented.
— Roxana Robinson
The Wilson Quarterly - Roxana Robinson
The illustrations are beautifully reproduced, and the book's three essays are intelligent, carefully researched, and elegantly presented.
Times Literary Supplement - Dore Ashton
In her meticulous account, Lesley Poling-Kempes discusses the geophysical origins of this land of 'extremes and contrast,' analyzing the layered stone formations and matching them up with O'Keeffe's keen observations of red shales, sandshales and silt stones created 200 million years ago. . . . Frederich W. Turner steps more intimately into O'Keeffe's preserve, discussing her eccentricities, her remoteness from others sharing the land . . . and the mythology she did much to create. . . . Once installed in New Mexico, though, she became an authentic new conquistador, he concludes, and entered her true final domain.
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"The illustrations are beautifully reproduced, and the book's three essays are intelligent, carefully researched, and elegantly presented."—Roxana Robinson, The Wilson Quarterly

"In her meticulous account, Lesley Poling-Kempes discusses the geophysical origins of this land of 'extremes and contrast,' analyzing the layered stone formations and matching them up with O'Keeffe's keen observations of red shales, sandshales and silt stones created 200 million years ago. . . . Frederich W. Turner steps more intimately into O'Keeffe's preserve, discussing her eccentricities, her remoteness from others sharing the land . . . and the mythology she did much to create. . . . Once installed in New Mexico, though, she became an authentic new conquistador, he concludes, and entered her true final domain."—Dore Ashton, Times Literary Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691116594
  • Publisher: Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe
  • Publication date: 5/4/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 270,291
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Buhler Lynes is Curator, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and The Emily Fisher Landau Director, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Research Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is the author of "Georgia O'Keeffe: Catalogue Raisonne" and numerous other books about O'Keeffe. Lesley Poling-Kempes is an independent writer and historian currently at work on a book devoted to Ghost Ranch, 1900-1980. Frederick W. Turner, an independent writer, is the author of "Spirit of Place: The Making of an American Literary Landscape".
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Table of Contents

Director's Foreward 7
Georgia O'Keefe and New Mexica: A Sense of Place by Barbara Buhler Lynes 11
A Sense of Place I: Toas, Alcalde, Tierra Azul, Ghost Ranch, Black Place 59
A Call to Place by Lesley Poling-Kempes 77
A Sense of Place II: Chama River, White Place, Abiquiu, Ghost Ranch 89
On Her Conquest of Space by Frederick W. Turner 109
Chronology 125
Checklist 128
Suggestions for Further Reading 134
Acknowledgments 136
Index 138
Photography Credits 143

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"This book will significantly contribute to our understanding of this phase of O'Keeffe's life and accomplishments. Lynes' essay, in particular, opens up a new aspect of the artist's work. She revisits the landscapes that inspired much of O'Keeffe's artistry, comparing each carefully with its corresponding painted rendition. She discovers how the artist walks the fine line between specific observation and playful abstraction. Her careful consideration of each pictorial structure makes us see the lengths to which O'Keeffe went in order to make these landscape forms speak to her."—Kathleen Pyne, University of Notre Dame

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2014

    Highly recommended--a unique book about O'Keefe

    This is a fascinating book, unlike any other about O'Keefe, and I have read many. It is so interesting to see side by side pictures of the paintings by O'Keefe and the actual sites where she painted them. The quality of the reproductions is excellent. Also there is interesting information about her life. Buy it if you are at all interested in O'Keefe and her artwork.

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  • Posted May 22, 2010

    cohesive investigation, explaination, and contextual evalutation of O'Keeffe's stunning ability to capture the essence and spirit of the New Mexico landscape with her outstanding artistic abilities.

    An informative look at the often overlooked and striking landscape paintings of one, if not the most influential American female artist. Barbara Buhler Lynes' knowledge of the artist and her life shine through in the exquisite presentation of some of O'Keeffes most outstanding pieces of her New Mexico. A must read for any O'Keeffe fan.

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