Thursday, May 25, 2017
AGO: Georgia O'Keefe: Tuesday, May 23 2017
I loved her paintings of New York. She caught the vibrant mood, and exciting new vistas of a modern city. Her abstracts are full of emotion, and can give rise to many thoughts in the viewer. Her floral studies are gorgeous, and remind of the prolific generosity and beauty of nature. The blue of the sky of New Mexico fills her paintings and throws into contrast the red hills and bare bones to be found around Santa Fe. She seems to warn that life is to be enjoyed while we have it, as its vibrance too soon vanishes into the dust. Georgia O'Keefe laid great stress on following one's own path in creating art. She had been well-trained, and built on that to develop her own view of the world. Her work is unique.
Having studied photography at one time, I was fascinated by her relationship with Alfred Stieglitz, the great photographer. The exhibition of his photographs, and those of another great photographer, Robert Adams, interested me greatly. It appeared that Georgia O'Keefe's own work had benefitted from her contact with the work of these artists. I had been unaware of their close association, but this explained her strong compositions and the framing of her pictures.
Altogether, another fantastic exhibition shown by the AGO.