Georgia OKeeffe: A Life by Roxana RobinsonThis is a very important book to me. In 1995 I was going through a difficult time in my personal life and found that I was wallowing in self-consciousness and self-pity. I happened upon this biography during that time and found in Roxanna Robinsons depiction of Georgia OKeefe a new definition of a strong woman who knew from an early age who she was and lived up to her own personal ideals - even if she acted in a flawed way.
She was attracted to Alfred Stieglitz for his vision, his love of art and artists. He was attracted to her because he saw someone who was her own person and and American woman artist, at a time when European artists were the most revered. Stieglitz made it his mission to support, emotionally and financially American artists in order to bring their art to the world.
At first OKeefe became completely absorbed by Stieglitz, as many women do. He kept her in an apartment in New York, while he was married to another woman. He spent many hours of time photographing OKeefe in the nude, while supporting her so she could paint without a job getting in the way of the art. In that crucible of a relationship she was forced to look inward and the isolation, ironically, created a strong need to find out who she was - apart from Stieglitz, or any other man. She eventually learned that this vision - looking closely at a flower, or trying to draw/paint sound or the feeling of a headache for instance, and painting what she saw, was different - and people responded to it, viscerally.
Her life was a dramatic and often times funny journey of extremes.
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Books By Georgia O'Keeffe My Faraway One: Selected Letters of Georgia O' Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz: Georgia O'Keeffe (A Studio Book) Nov 29,
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When it comes to culture, Americans are like baby birds -- we like our nutrition pre-chewed. But there's always more gold in literary and cinematic tourism, so I didn't do cartwheels when I received a copy of Georgia, Dawn Tripp's "novel of Georgia O'Keeffe. O'Keeffe was the most famous female American artist of the last century and the most written about. And like anyone who'd taken an art history course, I'd seen dozens of the photographs that Alfred Stieglitz had taken of her and could write at least two paragraphs about vaginal imagery in her flower paintings. The good news: Georgia is a uniquely American chronicle -- told by O'Keeffe -- that starts with the importance of a good story and a killer bod. Does that sound uncannily like the techniques used to make careers for women a century later? Yes, and to degree that may shock purists, this is a book about branding and marketing, the first two commandments of success in the art world and our world.