Georgia O'Keeffe and New Mexico: A Sense of Place by Barbara LynesGeorgia O'Keeffe and New Mexico: A Sense of Place by Barbara Lynes

Georgia O'Keeffe and New Mexico: A Sense of Place

byBarbara Lynes

Hardcover | May 24, 2004

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When Georgia O'Keeffe first visited New Mexico in 1917, she was instantly drawn to the stark beauty of its unusual architectural and landscape forms. In 1929, she began spending part of almost every year painting there, first in Taos, and subsequently in and around Alcalde, Abiquiu, and Ghost Ranch, with occasional excursions to remote sites she found particularly compelling. Georgia O'Keeffe and New Mexico is the first book to analyze the artist's famous depictions of these Southwestern landscapes.

Beautifully illustrated and gracefully written, the book accompanies an exhibition of the same name at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It reproduces the exhibition's 50 paintings and includes striking photographs of the sites that inspired them as well as diagrams of the region's distinctive geology. The book examines the magnificence of O'Keeffe's work through essays by three noted authors. Barbara Buhler Lynes, Curator of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and organizer of the exhibition, discusses the relationship of the artist's paintings to the places that inspired her.

Frederick Turner offers an illuminating essay contrasting O'Keeffe's fabled aloofness from the well-established art colony in Santa Fe with her intense closeness to the local landscape she so fiercely loved. Lesley Poling-Kempes furnishes a fascinating chronicle of O'Keeffe's years in the region as well as a useful explanation of the geological forces that produced the intense colors and dramatic shapes of the landscapes O'Keeffe painted.


Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

Santa Fe, New Mexico
June 11-September 12, 2004

Columbus Museum of Art

Columbus, Ohio
October 1, 2004-January 16, 2005

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Buffalo, New York
January 28-May 08, 2005

Barbara Buhler Lynes is Curator, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and The Emily Fisher Landau Director, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Research Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is the author of Georgia O'Keeffe: Catalogue Raisonné and numerous other books about O'Keeffe. Lesley Poling-Kempes is an independent writer and historian currently at work ...
Title:Georgia O'Keeffe and New Mexico: A Sense of PlaceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:144 pages, 9 × 10.5 × 0.1 inPublished:May 24, 2004Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0691116598

ISBN - 13:9780691116594


Table of Contents

Director's Foreward 7

Georgia O'Keefe and New Mexica: A Sense of Place by Barbara Buhler Lynes 11

A Sense of Place I: Toas, Alcalde, Tierra Azul, Ghost Ranch, Black Place 59

A Call to Place by Lesley Poling-Kempes 77

A Sense of Place II: Chama River, White Place, Abiquiu, Ghost Ranch 89

On Her Conquest of Space by Frederick W. Turner 109

Chronology 125

Checklist 128

Suggestions for Further Reading 134

Acknowledgments 136

Index 138

Photography Credits 143

Editorial Reviews

"This book will significantly contribute to our understanding of this phase of O'Keeffe's life and accomplishments. Lynes' essay, in particular, opens up a new aspect of the artist's work. She revisits the landscapes that inspired much of O'Keeffe's artistry, comparing each carefully with its corresponding painted rendition. She discovers how the artist walks the fine line between specific observation and playful abstraction. Her careful consideration of each pictorial structure makes us see the lengths to which O'Keeffe went in order to make these landscape forms speak to her."-Kathleen Pyne, University of Notre Dame