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Georgia O'Keeffe: Abstraction (Whitney Museum of American Art) Hardcover – September 29, 2009

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Starred Review. This book from Whitney Museum curator Haskell, accompanying the museum's September 2009 exhibit, contains essays by Elizabeth Hutton Turner, Bruce Robertson and Barbara Buhler Lunes, each of whom examine O'Keefe's visual vocabulary in relation to form and line, and the influence of nature, Art Nouveau and decorative art movements, and the scholarly work of Arthur Wesley Dow. O'Keefe herself described her work as an attempt to make visible "intangible feelings that were beyond her conscious grasp." O'Keefe was struck by the possibility of painting music and finding the elemental forms within "seemingly simple things"; one characteristically fascinating series, called Shell and Old Shingle, progresses from fairly accurate representation to curvilinear abstracts. Elsewhere, Robertson calls O'Keefe's Jack-in-the-Pulpit series "O'Keefe's most complete statement of the relationship between abstraction and representation." Also fascinating are photographs by O'Keefe's husband, gallery curator Alfred Stieglitz, accompanied by excerpts from their correspondence full of personal passion and tension, but also O'Keefe's motivations, the messages she struggled to communicate, and her sense of forever falling short. Contemporary critics labeled O'Keefe's paintings Freudian expressions of sexuality and unconscious desires, in large part because of Stieglitz's marketing, but these evaluations fall flat when looking deeply at both subject and painting; Haskell and her colleagues do full justice to their subject, with beautiful, luminous reproductions and a revealing collection of work.

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"A beautifully illustrated book about this icon, a liberated, unconventional, independent, and spirited American woman and celebrity who predated the feminist movement and had few peers."—Rose Safran, Maine Antique Digest
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Product Details

  • Series: Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; First edition. edition (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300148178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300148176
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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This catalogue accompanies the current exhibition held at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York and is definitely a groundbreaking publication. If you thought, as I confess I did, that Georgia O'Keeffe was merely a decorative painter of flowers with a sexual undertone to her paintings, well you should revise your judgment, go and see the exhibition and buy the book. It shows what the artist actually was: a master of color and a pioneer of abstraction who had few equals at the time in the United States. The book, while stressing her relationship with gallery-owner and pioneer of modern art Alfred Stieglitz (through his gallery 291 on 5th avenue in NYC), concentrates on her early and mysterious abstractions (some works, such as charcoal drawings of 1915-1916,are variations on black, gray and white, which might be said to herald Jasper Johns's much later gray studies)with a sensible text and high-quality illustrations. There are even some genuine discoveries, such as O'Keeffe's rare abstract sculptures.

Highly recommended.
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I have enjoyed Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings and drawings since I found a discount large format art book with her art in the 1980s. This book is expertly printed on heavy paper which shows her images well and the signatures are tight yet easy to open which indicates to me that this book will last for years in good condition.

I enjoyed reading the captions informational background on the paintings and drawings. I even found the articles that i sampled to be interesting and informative which I cannot say for some of the art books I've looked at over the years. I am an aspiring painter and photographer but I find a lot of art theory difficult to read. I haven't read through any of the articles in this book but I have skimmed through enough that I am planning to go back to the text when I have more time to see what I might learn about the artist and her art.

Even as merely a coffee table book I think it works well. Do note that there are a few nude art photos in the volume if you are squeamish about that sort of thing.
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I found this edition very helpful in creating an overall picture of O'Keefe's life and work. This book also contains personal letters that have not been published before which were a good read along with her fairly comprehensive biography. The quality of print was impressive, and it is a beautiful coffee table book as well as a reference tool.
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very nice edition!
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I was very pleased with the item that I ordered. It arrived earlier than the estimated date. It was in brand new condition and the price was considerably better than what I found in stores.
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