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Radius Books/Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

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Hardcover, 10 x 13 in. / 140 pgs / 55 color.

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Catalog: SPRING 2016 p. 6   

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ISBN 9781942185048 TRADE
List Price: $60.00 CDN $79.00 GBP £53.00

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In stock

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Santa Fe, NM
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, 04/29/16–10/30/16

"a young woman who was just becoming the iconic O'Keeffe"
— Amy Von Lintel

  

RADIUS BOOKS/GEORGIA O'KEEFFE MUSEUM

Georgia O'Keeffe: Watercolors

Text by Amy Von Lintel.

Featured image is reproduced from <I>Georgia O'Keeffe: Watercolors</I>.

Georgia O'Keeffe's turn toward abstraction: luscious watercolors of the Texan landscape and her own body

Georgia O’Keeffe: Watercolors catalogues the first major exhibition of the nearly 50 watercolors created by O’Keeffe between 1916 and 1918, while she lived in Canyon, Texas. These years mark a period of radical innovation for the artist, during which she firmly established her commitment to abstraction. While her work in Texas is often understood as merely a prelude to her career in New York City, these watercolors and drawings mark a seminal stage in O’Keeffe’s artistic formation, representing the pivotal intersection of her disciplined art practice and her allegiance to the revolutionary techniques of her mentor, Arthur Wesley Dow.

O’Keeffe’s watercolors explore the texture and landscape of the Texas desert and the artist’s own body in an exceptionally fragile and sensitive medium, representing a substantial achievement in their own right. These early works also relate to O’Keeffe’s large-scale oil paintings, which in their handling of color and texture in some ways seem to aspire to the condition of watercolor. Designed to emphasize direct contact with these beautiful works, Watercolors features full-scale color reproductions of the paintings, most of which are approximately 8x12 inches in scale, offering a powerful testament to the significance of the watercolors in O’Keeffe’s creative evolution. Also included (in a wallet at the rear of the book) is a lengthy essay by Amy Von Lintel featuring archival photographs of O'Keeffe from these years.

Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986) is best known for her distinctive paintings of flowers and landscapes which applied a precise, often hard-edged abstract language to evocative natural forms. Dubbed the "mother of American modernism," O’Keeffe produced more than 1,000 artworks in a career of more than 60 years.


Featured image is reproduced from Georgia O'Keeffe: Watercolors.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Another Magazine

Maisie Skidmore

series of strikingly raw studies which contain the hallmarks that would later define her practice: bold, abstract shapes; gradients of vibrant colour; the juxtaposition of intimately feminine curves alongside industrially masculine landscapes. It’s a breathtaking clue about what would develop into one of the most groundbreaking and important artistic careers of the 20th century.

Hyperallergic

Thomas Micchelli

…a resolutely American original.

Los Angeles Times

Karen Wada

Georgia O'Keeffe's early watercolor paintings: Vivid, free-wheeling and full of surprise

The Cut

Sarah Spellings

the fragility and vibrancy of the watercolors.... featuring pink snow, green steam rising from a barren landscape, and abstract blue figure drawings

Arizona Daily Star

Bill Broyles

No Southwest artist is more revered than Georgia O'Keeffe…. [a] beautiful Southwest book.

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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/5/2016

Radius Books’ Founder David Chickey Featured in the WSJ Magazine

Radius Books’ Founder David Chickey Featured in the WSJ Magazine

"Publisher David Chickey launched nonprofit Radius Books in Santa Fe so he could keep the profile small—and produce art monographs that prioritize inventive design." Read more from the profile in this weekend's Wall Street Journal Magazine below!
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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/28/2021

'Georgia O'Keeffe: Watercolors' is a Staff Pick for Women's History Month

'Georgia O'Keeffe: Watercolors' is a Staff Pick for Women's History Month

In a 1916 letter to Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe wrote, “The sky was like a wonderful jewel—darkest in the center—light around the edges. I’ve always wanted to touch it—since I was a little girl—and it always seems more wonderful—I’m wanting it more. It makes me feel like such a little girl." This quotation and the 1916/17 painting "No. 22 – Special" are reproduced from Radius Books' superb monograph, Georgia O'Keeffe: Watercolors, a staff pick for Women's History Month, 2021. continue to blog



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