In flight from her hectic New York life with her avidly sociable husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz, and in pursuit of “quiet and isolation,” O’Keeffe found the perfect refuge in New Mexico. Her passion for the land and sky and her profound attachment to her homes at Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu shape and vitalize all of her best-known paintings, yet the full story of how she acquired and lived and worked in these sanctuaries has never been told before. Lynes (Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Collections, 2007), curator of the Georgia O’Keefe Museum in Santa Fe, and Lopez, director of Abiquiu Historic Properties, thoroughly and thoughtfully chronicle the ways the artist turned her cherished homes and studios into veritable works of art. With information on adobe construction and the Pueblo Revival style, striking black-and-white photographs of the artist in her homes by such famous photographers as Ansel Adams, O’Keeffe’s paintings of Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu, and new color photographs that capture the enduring beauty and serenity of O’Keeffe’s gracefully pristine sanctuaries, this is a gorgeous and enriching addition to the O’Keeffe collection. --Donna Seaman
About the Author
Barbara Buhler Lynes is curator of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe and Emily Fisher Landau Director of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center. She is the author of many publications, including Abrams’ Georgia O’Keeffe Museum: Highlights from the Collection and Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Collections. Agapita Judy Lopez is director of Abiquiu Historic Properties and rights and reproductions manager for the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. She worked for Georgia O’Keeffe from 1974 until the artist’s death in 1986.