Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Ledgend of Georgia O'Keeffe

The first Georgia O'Keefe retrospective outside the US is underway in London and Michael Prodger of The New Statesman provides UK readers with an introduction to her that concentrates on her time in New Mexico. I've never paid much attention to O'Keefe so this was pretty enlightening. The New Statesman is similar to The Nation magazine in that it covers both Leftist politics and the arts.

Black Place II - Georgia O'Keeffe

Neither had I heard of Mabel Dodge Lujan who first brought O'Keeffe to the Land of Enchantment and who was an interesting character in her own right.

People like Lujan and O'Keefe make today's feminists seem tame and domesticated, just as many radicals of the past make today's seem clueless and timid. I think America having gone through the McCarthy and Reagan eras almost back to back and then immediately coming under the domination of Neoliberal Capitalism might have something to do with it.

Prodger mentions a couple other artists who like O'Keeffe were legends in their own time but whose artistic ability didn't always live up to their reputation -- he mentions Frieda Kahlo as one where it didn't-- whereas in some cases, he contends, as with Picasso and Georgia O'Keeffe, it did.


  1. Now you understand why I messaged you about her art. Thinking you might use reproductions of some of her work to decorate your new home. Nice post.

    1. I'm sorry. Did I miss something? Forget something? Someone named Susan messaging me about Georgia O'Keeffe's art doesn't ring a bell.

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