The first major exhibition to focus exclusively on Georgia
O'Keeffe’s still life paintings will arrive in Santa Fe this summer, affording
visitors to The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum a rare opportunity to see some
of the artist’s best-loved works. Georgia O'Keeffe: The Poetry of Things
opened in Santa Fe on Friday, August 6, 1999, and will run through October
Co-organized by the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. and the Dallas
Museum of Art, Georgia O'Keeffe: The Poetry of Things will also travel to the
California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. The exhibition
contains paintings by OÕKeeffe that were inspired by objects in places she
lived and worked.
The exhibition draws from collections as diverse as the Art Students
League of New York, The Menil Collection in Houston, The Birmingham
Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art as well as the participating
museums and private collectors.
The exhibition, which numbers 70 paintings dated from 1908 to 1963,
focuses on O’Keeffe’s extraordinary achievements in still life paintings.
According to The Phillips Collection’s Dr. Elizabeth Hutton Turner, curator of
the exhibition, O’Keeffe told students to find art in the everyday: ‘When
you buy a pair of shoes,’ ‘address a letter’ or ‘comb your hair.’ O’Keeffe’s
still-lives are among the best known and best loved of her works.
Highlights of Georgia O'Keeffe: The Poetry of Things include Ladder to the
Moon (1958), Green Apple on Black Plate (1922), Black and Purple Petunias
(1925), Turkey Feathers in Indian Pot (1935), Pelvis with Pedernal (1943)
and Petunia II (1924).
Turner says, Georgia O'Keeffe: The Poetry of Things invites a closer look at
O’Keeffe’s aesthetic and a new way of looking at objects by placing her
work in proximity to real objects of the type she collected, along with photo
murals of her classroom, studio and domestic settings.
Throughout the exhibition, O’Keeffe’s linear and spatial aesthetic and her
own settings and installations find expression in the design and
presentation of her work in the gallery spaces, says Turner.
We are extremely pleased to bring this exhibition to Santa Fe, and
delighted that our visitors will be able to view this stunning collection of
Georgia O’Keeffe’s work, says George G. King, director of The Georgia