|Georgia \OKeeffe and the Skull-on-Wall|
We got back from Colorado with the sketches of the West on our minds. The red rocks, hot springs, and epic skies reverberated through our minds that first night back. We woke early Sunday to go see
the Georgia O'Keeffe show at the Brooklyn Museum. It was lovely being back in town, making our way through our city, and reflecting on what it must have been like to go to that first show of O'Keeffe's at the museum in 1927. Ninety years later, the Georgia O'Keefe: Living Modern show at the Brooklyn Museum was not a retrospective, it offered an image of her life and aesthetics, including her paintings, fashion, homes, and countless photographs of the artist.
I have never known she lived with photographer Alfred Stieglitz, who helped create an image of her
for the world. And her myth grew.
|O'Keeffe by Alfred Stieglitz|
While he photographed her, she painted her world, taking lines and curves of the Brooklyn Bridge,
the modernist sentiments of Manhattan, the city in the distance from her apartment in Chelsea.
And gradually, she made her way out west where she was intrigued with the dessert, the colors, bones, and what seems the passing of time. Holding a skull of some animal, she seems to be reminding us of where we are all going.
And the world was taken by her sensibilities. After Stieglitz' passing she moved out to New Mexico
permanently, where she painted and painted, until she melded into the sky.
Fans of her work may be disappointed by how few actual paintings there are by O'Keefe in the show.
For example, her orchids ae nowhere to be seen.
What are there are clothes and black and white photographs of a woman who people wanted to photograph, almost as a fetish. O'Keefe's world becomes fashion, her paintings art, her world something we are all invited to gaze upon.
Walking around the rest of the museum, we enjoyed the light and color. As usual some work was better than others. But the museum is a friend, a place for nourishment and so are the streets of Brooklyn, where we saw some friends, ate lunch and wandered home.
|A lovely lunch of Japanese food after the show.|