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O'Keeffe and Texas
Udall, Sharyn Rohlfsen.
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San Antonio, Tex. : Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum ; New York : in association with Harry N. Abrams, 1998.
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119 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
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Catalogue of an exhibition held at the Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, in San Antonio, January 27-April 5, 1998.
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N6537.O39 A4 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This is a study of the formative period in the career of the American abstract artist, Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986). The colour reproductions in the book, which was published to accompany an exhibition held at the Marion Koogler MacNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, in the spring of 1998, present powerful images made in Texas between 1912 and 1918 - all of them different from the flowers and animal bones normally associated with O'Keeffe's work.

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This outstanding, handsome catalog, with 67 plates in full color, explores the early years (1912-18) of Georgia O'Keeffe's life in Texas as a young artist and coincides with the exhibition at the Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, from January 27 to April 5, 1998. Udall, guest curator, examines the significance of the Texas years in O'Keeffe's work. Using the land as a metaphor for her emotions, O'Keeffe began to explore the land as she did her own feelings. Texas was her spiritual home. Influenced by Arthur Wesley Dove of Columbia University Teacher's College, who told her that "painting, a two-dimensional medium, should not aspire to the three-dimensional domain of sculpture," she was inspired by the free expansive Texas plains and was later able to shift to abstraction. Udall categorizes important features in O'Keeffe's work: land form, solids and voids, light, geometric patterns, and line as a formal element. These would all become crucial to O'Keeffe's works in later years. Charles C. Eldredge's Georgia O'Keeffe: American and Modern (CH, Oct'93) provides an excellent view of O'Keeffe's later years. General readers; undergraduates; graduates; professionals. M. Kren; Kansas State University