Georgia O'Keeffe: Room Guide

Introduction

Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986) is widely recognised as a foundational figure within the history of modernism in the United States, and during her lifetime became an American icon. Her career spanned more than seven decades and this exhibition encompasses her most productive years, from the 1910s to the 1960s. It aims to dispel the clichés that persist about O’Keeffe’s painting, emphasising instead the pioneering nature and breadth of her career.

O’Keeffe was born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, the daughter of Irish and Dutch-Hungarian immigrants, and died in Santa Fe, New Mexico, at the age of 98. She decided to be an artist before she was 12 years old. She was the most prominent female artist in the avant-garde circle around the photographer and gallerist Alfred Stieglitz (1864–1946), later O’Keeffe’s husband. The first showing of her work was at Stieglitz’s New York gallery ‘291’ in 1916, now 100 years ago. Tate Modern’s exhibition therefore marks a century of O’Keeffe.

Georgia O'Keeffe: Room one

Room one of room guide for Tate Modern's exhibition Georgia O' Keeffe 6 JULY – 30 OCTOBER 2016

Abstraction and the senses

Georgia O'Keeffe Room Guide

O'Keeffe, Stieglitz and their circle

Georgia O'Keeffe Room Guide

New York cityscapes

Georgia O'Keeffe Room Guide

Lake George

Georgia O'Keeffe Room Guide

Flowers and still lifes

Georgia O'Keeffe Room Guide

New Mexico: Taos and Alcalde

Georgia O'Keeffe Room Guide

Ghost Ranch

Georgia O'Keeffe Room Guide

The black place and the white place

Georgia O'Keeffe Room Guide

The Southwest

Georgia O'Keeffe Room Guide

Late abstracts and skyscapes

Georgia O'Keeffe Room Guide