Georgia O’Keeffe has entered art history as a mythical figure and painter of floral pictures and body landscapes imbued with an erotic connotation. She has become an art icon in the US and in the art market she now ranks among the most expensive women artists. The biggest European O‘Keeffe exhibition so far will be focusing on the painter‘s oeuvre from her beginnings as an artist in 1915 to her late period in the 1970s. Most of the paintings can be found in US-American but also in European museums and collections. For Vienna, this retrospective marks a sensational premiere: O’Keeffe‘s modernist early works date back to the 1910s and rank among the outstanding abstract contributions in the tradition of Wassily Kandinsky and Frantisek Kupka. Emotionality, the unconscious, symbolist ornament and the organic take centre stage. The flower pictures produced in the following decade are some of the most popular and striking motifs in her entire work: orchids and exotic plants in close-up with a feminine-erotic form language. O’Keeffe‘s New York works depict both the industrialisation of the 1920s and the gigantomaniac skyscraper project Manhattan: »I think of the City going up«. In her skyscraper pictures, the artist explores the modern dynamic vertical view.
The show places a second focus on the time the artist spent in New Mexico, where she settled down for good in 1930. Her landscapes visualise her at-oneness with the rugged terrain – »O’Keeffe‘s Country«. She is the pioneer of the prairie – who found her inner peace of mind in the vast expanse of the landscape. A shift in the reading of the artist-person through Alfred Stieglitz’s camera lens – the star photographer put together a picture diary of his muse – from the prevailing image as a self-confident-sexually-physical woman artist towards the spiritual-mythical figure. Her legendary hovering antlers have come to emblematise the US-American collective memory. O’Keeffe‘s late oeuvre is marked by reduction and spirituality – a hovering above abstract landscapes. The exhibition highlights O’Keeffe‘s solitary and authentic position in Modernism as well as her singular charisma which extends right into contemporary art. The exhibition is organised by Tate Modern in collaboration with Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien and Museum Folkwang, Essen.
- Sat. 25 Feb 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Sun. 26 Feb 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Mon. 27 Feb 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Tue. 28 Feb 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Wed. 01 Mar 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Thu. 02 Mar 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Fri. 03 Mar 2017, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
- Sat. 04 Mar 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
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- Mon. 06 Mar 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.