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Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 - 1986) is a seminal American painter and one of the first modernists to sustain positive attention of a wider public, all in a midst of controversies surrounding avant-garde developments in art in the United States. Her artwork was first recognized for its trailblazing value by Alfred Stieglitz, himself a pioneer of fine art photography.
When O’Keeffe was at a decisive point in her artistic career around 1915 and on a verge of quitting, she decided to forgo academic traditions and started working primarily with black and white charcoal drawings - in order to 'clear her mental palette' and to search for a more authentic means of expression for her ideas. At about the same time, Alfred Steiglitz, an acclaimed owner of 291 Gallery in New York, was on a look-out for emerging talent. A friend brought him a handful of drawings sent by O’Keeffe, and he was immediately taken by their innovative quality. In these drawings, Stieglitz saw simultaneously a new movement, abstraction, and a new kind of female artist - emancipated, radically genuine, and unrepressed. Almost right away, he began to promote O'Keeffe's work. She gained notoriety quickly and became one of the most famous painters of her time.
O’Keeffe’s art is characterized by purity and certain minimalism of form that is nonetheless very expressive, particularly of feelings and female sexuality. Her artwork is also often described as musical - critics praised her ability to use color in much the same way a composer would use sound – to evoke an ambiance and feelings rather than a concrete representation. O’Keeffe herself admitted readily that she had at best a marginal interest in mimetic or representational work. Throughout her long career, she experimented with color, line, and design producing some of the most iconic images ever painted – close-ups of flowers, landscapes, and architecture whose semiotic charge continues to be felt to this day.
Our discussion of Georgia O'Keeffe will be preceded by a short presentation.
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