Georgia O'Keeffe: Nature and Abstraction

Georgia O'Keeffe: Nature and Abstraction

by Richard D. Marshall
     
 

Georgia O’Keeffe: Nature and Abstraction–published for the exhibition at Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin–explores O’Keeffe’s method of transforming known or recognizable objects into painted abstractions that express the essential elements of form, color, and allusion. This catalog presents O’Keeffe’s oeuvre

Overview

Georgia O’Keeffe: Nature and Abstraction–published for the exhibition at Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin–explores O’Keeffe’s method of transforming known or recognizable objects into painted abstractions that express the essential elements of form, color, and allusion. This catalog presents O’Keeffe’s oeuvre through a selection of paintings that display her penchant for abstract forms derived from her personal observation of the natural world. It displays the development of her aesthetic vocabulary, as well as it’s evolution–as seen through her later work which she created well into the 1970s. Also presented are examples of O’Keeffe’s personal inspirations, such as flowers, trees, dried bones, and aerial perspectives, as well as her favorite places, such as New York City and New Mexico.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

American artist O'Keeffe (1887-1986) painted landscapes, bones, shells, and highly suggestive, sensual, fleshy flowers through the eyes of a poet. She favored the simplicity of the desert, and her observations of venues ranging from New York to New Mexico inspired her unique natural forms. This catalog accompanying a show traveling from the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, to the Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada, celebrates O'Keeffe's Irish heritage with three brief essays focusing on her originality and stating she was without progenitors. These essays, by curator Marshall, Achile Bonito Oliva (White and Other: In Any Case, Art), and Yvonne Scott (Jack Keats: Amongst Friends), are followed by a catalog section with full-page reproductions containing her intense palette of the color spectrum and interspersed with quotes by the artist; all are works exhibited in the show. A one-page chronology provides biographical background. Mainly a picture book for O'Keeffe aficionados, this catalog belongs with all books on modern American art.
—Ellen Bates

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9788861301276
Publisher:
Rizzoli
Publication date:
12/04/2007
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 11.35(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Richard D. Marshall was curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York where he organized numerous Biennial Exhibitions and group exhibitions. Achille Bonito Oliva is a highly recognized and respected Italian contemporary art critic. Yvonne Scott is director of the Irish Art Research Center and has published numerous essays and articles on Modern and Contemporary art.

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