Georgia O'Keeffe and the Camera: The Art of Identity

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From her appearance as a provocative young artist in Alfred Stieglitz’s photographs to her depiction as a grande dame of the art world in silkscreens by Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keeffe captivated the media with her image of a woman as bold as her art. This beautifully illustrated book tells the stories behind the portraits of one of the 20th century’s foremost American painters.

O’Keeffe’s professional and personal relationships with the leading photographers of her time come to ...

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Overview

From her appearance as a provocative young artist in Alfred Stieglitz’s photographs to her depiction as a grande dame of the art world in silkscreens by Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keeffe captivated the media with her image of a woman as bold as her art. This beautifully illustrated book tells the stories behind the portraits of one of the 20th century’s foremost American painters.

O’Keeffe’s professional and personal relationships with the leading photographers of her time come to light, as does her ability to shape public perceptions of her career. Stieglitz first created photographs of his protégée posing in front of her abstract artworks as a manifestation of a sexually liberated woman. O’Keeffe later redefined her image, sometimes working with photographers at her homes in New Mexico, where she emerged as a rugged individualist among the animal bones and gnarled trees that she often painted.

This publication brings together for the first time photographs by Stieglitz, Newman, Loengard, Webb, and others—many of which probe fascinating tensions between abstractionism and realism in O’Keeffe’s art. In addition, a selection of O’Keeffe’s works chronicles the span of her long career.  

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Editorial Reviews

New York-Pennsylvania Collector - Bruce A. Austin
"Handsome."—Bruce A. Austin, New York-Pennsylvania Collector
Library Journal

Perhaps no other prominent American artist has been photographed more than painter Georgia O'Keeffe, who moved to New Mexico in 1949 and lived to the age of 99. Photographer Alfred Stieglitz first met her in 1916; over 20 years, she was his subject for more than 350 portraits, including the famous hand studies. Later, many more legendary artists also photographed her, including Ansel Adams, Andy Warhol, Philippe Halsman, Arnold Newman, and Irving Penn. Danly, a curator at the Portland (ME) Museum of Art, collects several decades of O'Keeffe portraits by a wide range of photographers, which she pairs chronologically with O'Keeffe's paintings and sculptures. Coinciding with a major traveling exhibition, this historical presentation gives us a view of the artist through several lenses. Featuring an introduction by Barbara Buhler Lynes, curator at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and an extensive essay by Danly, the book also includes an O'Keeffe chronology and an exhibition checklist. Similar in scope to Two Lives: Georgia O'Keeffe & Alfred Stieglitz (1992), this catalog is recommended for all collections.-Shauna Frischkorn, Millersville Univ., PA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300126822
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Danly is curator of graphics, photography, and contemporary art at the Portland Museum of Art. Her books include Thomas Eakins and the Photograph. Barbara Buhler Lynes is curator at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and the Emily Fisher Landau Director of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Research Center. She is the author of Georgia O'Keeffe: Catalogue Raisonné, published by Yale University Press.

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Table of Contents

Directors' Foreword Daniel E. O'Leary O'Leary, Daniel E. George G. King King, George G.

Introduction Barbara Buhler Lynes Lynes, Barbara Buhler 1

"Miss O'Keeffe" - Photography and Fame Susan Danly Danly, Susan 7

Plates 42

O'Keeffe Chronology 106

Exhibition Checklist 110

Selected Bibliography 116

Index 119

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