The Unbearable Banishment: Georgia O'Keefe on my mind

Monday, January 18, 2010

Georgia O'Keefe on my mind

Artisté Florenza and I took in the Georgia O'Keefe exhibit at the Whitney. Fantastic. I love walking into an exhibit wondering if it's going to be worth my time and end up being blown off my feet. I wanted to take 8-Year Old Daughter but this was an exhibit of O'Keefe's abstract paintings and I thought they'd be inaccessible to her. I want to be careful how I dole this stuff out. For instance, I'd never take her to a Francis Bacon exhibit. She'd have nightmares for months.

I didn't find O'Keefe's abstracts to be all that abstract, which is a good thing. Abstract expressionism is pretty hard core stuff that I sometimes have a problem digesting. Like some forms of jazz, it's art that's best appreciated by other artists, not mainstream schmoes like me.

There was a healthy representation of her beautiful floral works.

Her paintings of flowers have been said to have a somewhat feminine bent to them. Do you agree or is that just people being sensational?

Note to Nursemyra: Do you know who Roni Horn is? They allocated *two floors* of space for her current exhibit! I know she's a pretty big deal and I tried to keep an open mind but I wasn't very impressed.


Blogger Pueblo girl said...

"Feminine"? Georgia O'Keefe prints should be obligatory in gynaecology clinics the world over. And (hint) all little girls should be given a G O'K calender for christmas right about when they start hitting adolescence...

January 18, 2010 at 3:11 PM  
Blogger Cat said...

She is my absolute favorite artist. I even have a daughter named after her. I wish I could see the exhibit.

January 18, 2010 at 5:40 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

PG: Yeah, I kind of thought so myself but was too timid to admit it. They're like Rochart blots for gals.

Cat: I don't mean to rub it in but it was a beautiful exhibit. Wish you and the Yank could have made the trip up. I'd have given you a personal tour.

January 18, 2010 at 8:39 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

Definitely "feminine." No debate necessary, it's just an intrinsic part of her work.

I'm never sure whether I like her or not.

January 18, 2010 at 10:43 PM  
Blogger Mad Phoenix said...

Feminine? I thought they looked like vaginas...

January 19, 2010 at 5:03 AM  
Anonymous nursemyra said...

I don't know why Georgia O'Keefe denied her works resembled vaginas. I do know she regretted the nude photos that Steiglitz exhibited of her and was perhaps trying to distance her art from sexuality...

Roni Horn I had heard of but I'm not very familiar with her work. If it's good the images I see on the internet aren't doing it justice

January 19, 2010 at 6:47 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Leah: Actually, I'm surprised that the work is so mainstream. I've seen big O'Keefe vagina calendars at the local Barnes & Noble!

MP: An A+ observation! Where are the male-equivalent painters?

Nurse: Is it possible she never SAW her work as resembling vaginas until a third party pointed it out to her?

January 19, 2010 at 8:27 AM  
Anonymous Nurse H said...

Saw the OKeefe exhibit as well...thought it was great. Also loved the photographs of her... I wasn't impressed by Roni Horn either...the bird photos creeped me out.

January 19, 2010 at 9:02 PM  
Anonymous nursemyra said...

Gosh I wouldn't have thought so UB. What's your opinion?

January 20, 2010 at 3:10 AM  
Anonymous Klinger said...

I actually own an O'Keefe and my wife makes me keep it locked up with my porn.

January 21, 2010 at 1:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those weren't all vaginas? Huh...who knew?


March 26, 2010 at 2:36 AM  

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