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Georgia O'Keeffe and New Mexico : a sense of place
Lynes, Barbara Buhler, 1942-
Publication Information:
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press ; Santa Fe, N.M. : Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, [2004]

Physical Description:
143 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 24 x 28 cm
General Note:
Catalog of an exhibition held at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, June 11-Sept. 12, 2004, the Columbus Museum of Art, Oct. 1, 2004-Jan. 16, 2005, and the Delaware Art Museum, Feb. 17-May 15, 2005.
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ND237.O5 A4 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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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

Columbus, Ohio
October 1, 2004-January 16, 2005

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Buffalo, New York
January 28-May 08, 2005

Author Notes

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 .

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Publisher's Weekly Review

What sets this book apart from other small exhibition catalogues of O?Keeffe?s work is the set of side-by-side comparisons of 20 paintings with recent, commissioned, full-color photos of their actual sites, which pinpoint the exact perspective of the paintings. Lynes (Georgia O?Keeffe: Catalogue Raisonne) is curator of Santa Fe?s Georgia O?Keeffe Museum, and director of the research center there. In walking around ?O?Keeffe country,? reading the letters and studying the sites, Lynes discovered that such photos would be possible to make. She presents photos and paintings beautifully here in the essay that begins the book, and that leads to two sections of paintings that use figuration and abstraction to give (famously) ?A Sense of Place.? A second essay, by scholar Leslie Poling-Kempes, breaks O?Keeffe?s cliff and rock faces into their geological strata, showing where Triassic gives way to Jurassic, and Jurrassic to Cretaceous. There are 66 lush color plates in all, and 11 b&w reproductions, mostly of work from the 1930s. (June) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.