Wednesday, November 11, 2009

georgia on my mind

this past weekend i made the trip down to nyc. one of many wonderful things i did was a visit to the whitney for the georgia o'keeffe abstraction show. the experience of being flooded by her work was immensely inspiring to say the least. how she uses color and shape to capture the experience of being in nature is what i really appreciate about her work. like georgia, the natural world is my ultimate muse, but it can be quite tricky to capture essence-of-nature without ending up with a cheesy landscape tourist buy to match their sofa. somehow she succeeds and but how. of course there was a fair share of vaginal paintings - hey it was an o'keeffe show and i must say she paints "the doorway to life" gorgeously. also, it was really fun to say the word "vagina" prominently and with confidence as to allow the word to echo delicately from the gallery walls. the expression on peoples' faces were as priceless as the art.
i scanned some of my favorite painting in the show from a book which i purchased at the museum. i hope by stating this the copy-write police won't come after me.

georgia o'keeffe; abstraction white rose, 1927. oil on canvas, 36 x 30 in.

georgia o'keeffe;abstraction no. IV, 1928. oil on canvas, 32 x 21 in.

alfred stieglitz; georgia o'keeffe - hands, 1919. palladium print 9 3/8 x 7 1/2 in.
{there was a section of photographs this stiegittz character took of o'keeffe including some nudes. it was incredible to see her body as art in combination with her own work. good move whitney. }

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