Georgia O’Keeffe: Art, Image, Style at the Peabody Essex Museum


One of America’s most iconic artists of the 20th-century, O’Keeffe is best known for her desert landscapes, animal skulls and flower paintings. Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern presents a completely new, highly focused and meticulously researched perspective on the unified modernist aesthetic of O’Keeffe’s art — and dress. O’Keeffe considered her clothed body as another canvas on which to proclaim her modernism. Selected paintings by O’Keeffe and photographs of her and her homes by Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams, Todd Webb and others, will be seen with never-before-exhibited items from her personal wardrobe that highlight her preference for compact masses, organic silhouettes and minimal ornamentation. Freshly conserved and shown in this exhibition for the first time, her understated and carefully designed garments dating from the 1920s to the 1980s, presented alongside key paintings and photographs of her throughout her entire career, place O’Keeffe’s self-fashioning within the history of artistic identity and demonstrate her influence on leading designers and tastemakers of our day, from Calvin Klein to Valentino.

On view December 16, 2017 to April 1, 2018.

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