Georgia O'Keeffe and New Mexico: A Sense of Place available in Hardcover
When Georgia O'Keeffe first visited New Mexico in 1917, she was instantly drawn to the stark beauty of its unusual architectural and landscape forms. In 1929, she began spending part of almost every year painting there, first in Taos, and subsequently in and around Alcalde, Abiquiu, and Ghost Ranch, with occasional excursions to remote sites she found particularly compelling. Georgia O'Keeffe and New Mexico is the first book to analyze the artist's famous depictions of these Southwestern landscapes.
Beautifully illustrated and gracefully written, the book accompanies an exhibition of the same name at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It reproduces the exhibition's 50 paintings and includes striking photographs of the sites that inspired them as well as diagrams of the region's distinctive geology. The book examines the magnificence of O'Keeffe's work through essays by three noted authors. Barbara Buhler Lynes, Curator of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and organizer of the exhibition, discusses the relationship of the artist's paintings to the places that inspired her.
Frederick Turner offers an illuminating essay contrasting O'Keeffe's fabled aloofness from the well-established art colony in Santa Fe with her intense closeness to the local landscape she so fiercely loved. Lesley Poling-Kempes furnishes a fascinating chronicle of O'Keeffe's years in the region as well as a useful explanation of the geological forces that produced the intense colors and dramatic shapes of the landscapes O'Keeffe painted.
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Santa Fe, New Mexico
June 11-September 12, 2004
Columbus Museum of Art
October 1, 2004-January 16, 2005
Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Buffalo, New York
January 28-May 08, 2005
|Publisher:||Princeton University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||10.50(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)|
About 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 Raisonné 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.
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
Suggestions for Further Reading 134
Photography Credits 143
What People are Saying About This
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
"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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Organized around a 2004 exhibition at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, the book displays a photograph of each painting taken from the perspective of the artist. This book is used in the Georgia O'Keeffe tour at Ghost Ranch
Having just visited the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, we were searching for books related to her artwork. This book is unique because it helps readers see the connection between the artwork and the places that inspired the works. It's fascinating to compare the paintings with photographs of the locations.
Displays photographs of sites that O'Keeffe painted with the painting beside it. By comparing the two a viewer can see what was important to her (and what was not).
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.
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.