O'Keeffe, an innovative American artist, comes vigorously alive in this absorbing, well-written biography. Born to a farm family in Wisconsin in 1887, she began her art studies at age eleven. After training at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Art Students League, and the University of Virginia, and then teaching art in schools and colleges, she began working independently. The photographer Alfred Stieglitz, whom she married eventually, exhibited her early drawings in his gallery and continued to support and encourage her until his death in 1946. A section of the book features his photographs. O'Keeffe was fascinated by nature. Her dramatic close-ups of flowers and her spare Southwestern landscapes are among her best-known works. When her eyesight failed, she took up pottery, and lived to be 98. The illustrations include both black and white and color photographs, maps, and excellent reproductions of her paintings on a variety of subjects. Timelines, personal quotations, a list of museums and galleries showing her works, a glossary, and an index are included. Part of the "Artists in Their Time" series. 2003, Franklin Watts,
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Gr 5-8-Slim series entries that examine two 20th-century American artists. Pollock lived a sometimes troubled and ultimately tragic life, despite his success in popularizing revolutionary methods of creating art. Oliver does not sugarcoat or contradict the realities of alcoholism and frequent reclusiveness. Her objective, accessible treatment makes the abstract expressionist movement and Pollock's innovations understandable to young readers. There are numerous black-and-white photos of Pollock and his contemporaries and color reproductions of his work. Thomson outlines the scope of O'Keeffe's life and work, and frequently points out the influences one had on the other, but fails to give readers much sense of the woman herself. Sidebar maps of Wisconsin, her birthplace, and descriptions of the adobe buildings of New Mexico, her later home, for example, are too encyclopedic to arouse much interest in readers. There are black-and-white and color photographs of the artist, her contemporaries, and sites; the full-color reproductions are excellent, but too few are of the artist's work. Robyn M. Turner's Georgia O'Keeffe (Little, Brown, 1993), for an older audience, does a better job of providing a window into the artist and her work.-Toniann Scime, Amherst Museum, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.