Georgia O'Keeffe Essay

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The art exhibit I chose to visit was the The Van Vechten Gallery at Fisk University. The artwork and artist that I’m going to discuss is by Georgia O’Keeffe named “The Radiator Building, Night 1927”. The reason why I chose this artwork is because it reminds me of New York reason being is that this painting is of the American Radiator Building located in Manhattan New York. But I would first like to start off about talking about O’Keeffe before I begin my analysis of her piece. Georgia O’Keeffe was born to a Francis Calyxtus O’Keeffe and Ida Totto O’Keeffe on November 15, 1887 near Sun Prairie Wisconsin. O’Keeffe enrolled at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1905 and two years later attended the Art Students League in New York City and studied under William Merritt Chase. In her early years she taught in schools and colleges. While she was teaching in Amarillo, Texas it is believed she gained her infatuation with the terrain of the Southwest. In 1916 Alfred Stieglitz , her soon to be husband, gave her the opportunity to show her artwork in his gallery the “291”. And in 1917 he gave O’Keeffe her first solo exhibition. In 1924 Stieglitz and O’Keeffe married even though their marriage was an unconventional one. The reason for this being is because Stieglitz was more at home in New York while O’Keeffe preferred the landscape of the southwest in which she drew inspiration for her artworks. In the mid-1920’s she had become known as one of America’s most important artists during this time she was painting New York skyscrapers and large upscale depictions of flowers as if seen up-close. Those artworks were among some of her best known artworks. Even though O’Keeffe didn’t have many exhibitions after the death of her husband her first exhibition gained critical acclaim. Six of her calla lily works sold for $25,000 in 1928 making that the

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