Georgia O’Keeffe

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GEORGIA O’KEEFFE

Press View: Curator tour:

Monday 4 July 2016 | 9 -13 pm

curated by Tanya Barson &
Hannah Johnston, Assistant Curator, Tate Modern.
Private View Members:
4 July 2016 | 18.45 – 21.30 pm
5 July 2016 | 10 – 17.15 pm
2 August 2016 | 18.45 – 21.30 pm
Exhibition: 6 July – 30 October 2016
Exhibition: 6 July – 30 October 2016
The Eyal Ofer Galleries
Level 3 Bankside London SE1 9TG

 

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Image credit: Georgia O’Keeffe, Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 1932
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Arkansas, USA
© 2016 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum/DACS, London
On 6 July 2016 Tate Modern will open the largest exhibition of
American modernist painter Georgia O’Keeffe ever to be held outside
the USA. Marking a century since O’Keeffe’s debut in New York, this
retrospective will be a once-in-a-generation opportunity for audiences
outside of America to view her oeuvre in such depth. Spanning the six
decades in which O’Keeffe was at her most productive and featuring over
100 major works, the exhibition will chart the progression of her practice
from her early abstract experiments to her late works, aiming to dispel
the clichés that persist about the artist and her painting.

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Georgia O’Keeffe will be the first major UK exhibition of this iconic
American modernist painter for over twenty years. Marking 100 years
since O’Keeffe’s debut in New York in 1916, this ambitious and wide-ranging
retrospective will reassess O’Keeffe’s place in the canon of twentieth-century
art and reveal her profound importance. Spanning the six decades in which
O’Keeffe was at her most productive, the show will be a once-in-a-generation
opportunity for European audiences to view her works in such depth.
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Georgia O’Keeffe Black Mesa Landscape, New Mexico / Out Back of Marie’s II 1930
Oil on canvas mounted on board Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Gift of The Burnett Foundation © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
TATE MODERN
GEORGIA O’KEEFFE
TOUR
CURATOR’S TOUR
11 JULY 2016 | 18.30–20.30 pm
Curator Hannah Johnston
25 JULY 2016 | 18.30–20.30 pm
Curator Tanya Barson
Exhibition: 6 July – 30 October 2016
The Eyal Ofer Galleries
Level 3 Bankside London SE1 9TG
O’ Keeffe is recognised as a foundational figure of American modernism
born in the late 1880s she secured a central place within the mainstream
art world from the 1910s to the 1970s. She was also claimed as an important
pioneer by feministartists of the 1970s. A single-minded character who
identified her ambition to become an artist when she was still a child,
O’Keeffe developed her practice over a seven-decade career.
O’Keeffe excelled as a landscape artist, and this exhibition will relate her
practice back through the American tradition of landscape painting, as well
as forward to anticipate the gendered landscapes and statements of
feminist artists of later generations. For this reason, as well as her enduring
engagement with abstraction and landscape, the serialised, increasingly
economic and stylised paintings of the southwestern locations called the
‘Black Place’ and the ‘White Place’, will be at the heart of the exhibition.

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Georgia O’Keeffe 1887-1986 Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 1932
Oil paint on canvas 48 x 40 inches
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Arkansas, USA
© 2016 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum/DACS, London
Photography by Edward C. Robison III

A key aspect of the exhibition will be to consider O’Keeffe’s professional
and personal relationship with Alfred Stieglitz; photographer, modern art
promoter and the artist’s husband. While Stieglitz afforded O’Keeffe access
to the most current developments in avant-garde art, she employed these
influences and opportunities to her own objectives. Her keen intellect,
as well as her forceful and resolute character, created a fruitful relationship
that was, though sometimes conflictive, one of reciprocal influence and exchange.

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Artist Georgia O’Keeffe, who played a pivotal role in the development of American modernism. Photograph: Tony Vaccaro/Getty

The popular notion that O’Keeffe was a simple painter of flowers is a
conception she faced during her lifetime. This exhibition will consider
these remarkable flower works in the context of her overall production as
multi-layered images, relating them to her engagement with abstraction
and issues of form and composition, to her complex relationship with
gendered imagery, bodily analogy and Freudian interpretations, and to
her spiritual engagement with the landscape. Charting the progression
of her practice from her early abstract experiments to her late work, this
exhibition will re-examine her entire career, her development, her
trajectory west, and the profound influence and legacy of her work.

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Georgia O’Keeffe is curated by Tanya Barson,
with Hannah Johnston, Assistant Curator, Tate Modern.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue from Tate Publishing
and will tour throughout 2017.

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The exhibition is organised by Tate Modern in collaboration with
Bank Austria Kunstforum, Vienna and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.

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