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Georgia O’Keefe at TATE Modern

SEEN was delighted to see over 100 remarkable paintings by Georgia O’Keefe; a true pioneer of twentieth-century art. Marking the 100th anniversary of Georgia O’Keeffe’s New York debut, this retrospective at TATE Modern is the first exhibition of this eminent artist’s work in the UK in over 20 years, now on display until 30th October 2016.

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SEEN was delighted to see over 100 remarkable paintings by Georgia O’Keefe; a true pioneer of twentieth-century art. Marking the 100th anniversary of Georgia O’Keeffe’s New York debut, this retrospective at TATE Modern is the first exhibition of this eminent artist’s work in the UK in over 20 years, now on display until 30th October 2016.

O'Keeffe, Georgia (1887-1986): From the Faraway, Nearby, 1937. New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art*** Permission for usage must be provided in writing from Scala.
O’Keeffe, Georgia (1887-1986): From the Faraway, Nearby, 1937. New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art*** Permission for usage must be provided in writing from Scala.

The exhibition encompasses her most productive years, from the 1910s to the 1960s, and aims to dispel the clichés that persist about O’Keeffe’s paintings, emphasising instead the pioneering nature and breadth of her career.

Georgia O’Keeffe 1887-1986 New York Street with Moon 1925 Oil paint on canvas 1220 x 770 mm Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection on loan at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid © 2016 Georgia O'Keeffe Museum/ DACS, London.
Georgia O’Keeffe 1887-1986
New York Street with Moon 1925
Oil paint on canvas
1220 x 770 mm
Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection on loan
at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
© 2016 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum/ DACS,
London.

Georgia O’Keeffe was the most prominent female artist in the avant-garde circle around the famed photographer and gallerist (and later her husband) Alfred Stieglitz. The first showing of her work was at Stieglitz’s New York gallery ‘291’ in 1916, 100 years ago. Tate Modern’s exhibition therefore marks a century of O’Keeffe.

Georgia O’Keeffe 1887-1986 Black Cross with Stars and Blue 1929 Oil paint on canvas 1016 x 762 mm Private collection © 2016 Georgia O'Keeffe Museum/ DACS, London.
Georgia O’Keeffe 1887-1986
Black Cross with Stars and Blue 1929
Oil paint on canvas
1016 x 762 mm
Private collection
© 2016 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum/ DACS,
London.

Spanning sixty years of her prolific career, the exhibition charts the developments in O’Keeffe’s practice, from her earliest abstractions to her late paintings, exploring many recurring themes in her work. The show includes the much celebrated flower painting, Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 (1932), sold at Sotheby’s in 2014 for $44.4 million. The work holds the record for the most expensive painting by a female artist ever sold at auction.

2014.35 Georgia O'Keeffe Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1, 1932 Oil on canvas 48 × 40 in. (121.9 × 101.6 cm) Framed: 53 in. × 44 3/4 in. × 2 1/2 in.
2014.35 Georgia O’Keeffe
Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1, 1932
Oil on canvas
48 × 40 in. (121.9 × 101.6 cm)
Framed: 53 in. × 44 3/4 in. × 2 1/2 in.

Although Georgia O’Keeffe is renowned for her flower paintings, these make up only a fraction of her overall work. Visit now TATE Modern to explore O’Keeffe’s other sources of inspiration and range of subject matter, such as animal skulls and New Mexico desert landscapes.

Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986); Ranchos Church, New Mexico; 1930-1931; Oil on canvas; Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas; 1971.16
Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986); Ranchos Church, New Mexico; 1930-1931; Oil on canvas; Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas; 1971.16

With no works by O’Keeffe in UK public collections, this exhibition is a unique chance to see the beauty and skill of her remarkable paintings. Don’t miss it.
Georgia O’Keeffe runs until 30th October 2016 at Tate Modern. Book tickets here.

Tate Modern
Bankside
London
SE1 9TG

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