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THE BUZZ: Georgia O’Keefe Museum

Georgia O’Keefe Museum

Georgia O’Keefe Museum
Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Article by Cathy Breslaw

Visiting the Georgia O’Keefe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico is an opportunity to experience the work and career of one of the most significant American artists of the twentieth century.  In one of her writings, O’Keefe (1887-1986) stated: “Colors and shapes make a more definite statement than words” and her work consistently expresses this notion whether it be the abstractions of the New York skyscrapers of her early career or on toward the latter part of her career and life expressing the exquisite beauty of the mountains, flowers and natural world in New Mexico.

Though she is known for her large-scale flower paintings, O’Keefe’s work is much broader and focused on abstractions of the natural world that are a distillation of shapes, forms, and colors that evoke a strong sense of place and reveal the impact that her immediate environment had on her and in cultivating her art practice.  O’Keefe’s life is the story of a woman artist driven to create and forge her own interpretations of the world around her, living life on her own terms, creating abstracted landscapes inspired by nature.  Her prolific works of oil paintings, sculptures, watercolors, and drawings are presented in the museum’s intimate galleries, each representing a period of her work, along with a video exploring her life. The museum also includes educational programs, workshops, and coordinated visits to Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, O’Keefe’s home, and studio.

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