Georgia O’Keeffe / John Loengard: Paintings and Photographs
In June 1966, photographer John Loengard was asked by Life magazine to photograph Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico, where she had been living since the late 1930s. Georgia O’Keeffe was 79 years old at the time, Loengard was 32, and for three days he observed and photographed the private life of this pioneer artist who virtually redefined American painting. For this unique book, we selected almost fifty of the finest black-and-white pictures Loengard took of the grand, solitary woman in the desert, and juxtaposed them with selected paintings of hers. They record the course of a day in the life of Georgia O’Keeffe from sunrise to sunset, developing their own quiet, mysterious effect. It becomes clear how much the austere poetry of the landscape corresponded to the artist’s own self-created world and how her artistic imagination was kindled by bleached bones and an infinite desert.
Texts by Georgia O’Keeffe and John Loengard
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Georgia O’Keeffe was born in 1887 near Sun Prairie, WI. In 1905, she began her studies at the Art Institute of Chicago and continued in New York where she met, and eventually married, the renowned photographer Alfred Stieglitz. In 1946, the New York Museum of Modern Art organized a large-scale retrospective of her work, its first one-person show devoted to a woman. Georgia O’Keeffe died in Santa Fe in 1986, shortly before her 99th birthday.
John Loengard, born in New York City in 1934, received his first assignment for Life magazine in 1956 and joined the magazine’s staff in 1961. His book Pictures under Discussion won the Anselm Adams Award in 1987.
48 duotone and 26 color plates
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