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How Georgia Became O'Keeffe: Lessons on the Art of Living


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How OKeeffe Became Herself


In the art world, critics remain divided over whether OKeeffe was a genius or merely an energetic fetishist who pressed upon us, year after year, her sexy yin and yang paintings of calla lilies, sweet peas, the various chalk white bones of horses and cows, mysterious doorways, and adobe walls. What remains indisputable, however, is her genius for navigating the waters of her own vision, for discovering it, nurturing it, and never abandoning it. At a time when women still didnt have the right to vote, when their life goal was marriage to pretty much anyone who would have them, OKeeffe was having none of it. She had better fish to fry. How, we may ask, did she catch these all-important fish?


She wrote letters

I realize I may as well be suggesting that you take up whittling, but the fact remains that one of the best ways to figure out what youre all about is to write letters. . . .


She found a devotee

One of the reasons OKeeffe was able to flaunt the conventions of Canyon with such confidence and ease is because she had Stieglitz rooting her on from New York. . . . .


She defied all accepted conventions of feminine beauty

With her fabulous raw-boned frame, snaggly brows, and schoolmarms bun, her black vestments, mans shoes, and odd assortment of hats and turbans, OKeeffe was out there. There was no like her, then or ever. . . .

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Choosing to examine and extract lessons from famed artist Georgia O'Keeffe's personal life rather than dissect her oeuvre, the author of The Gospel According to Coco Chanel ponders what it is about O'Keeffe that speaks to us so deeply and what went on inside the artist to allow her to defy society's conventions and be so 'resolutely herself' in the service of an abiding passion.' Growing up on a Wisconsin farm and left to her own devices by a withholding mother gave O'Keeffe the freedom to create her own vision. In her 20s, measles derailed an early career in commercial art, and a short stint teaching art in a remote Texas public school turned her on to the beauty of extreme landscape and how isolation could spark inspiration. O'Keeffe's marriage to the much older legendary photographer Alfred Stieglitz was bumpy; he was overbearing and unfaithful, but he believed in her vision and genius. This intimate, quirky, and sassy essay makes its iconic subject into an accessible, relevant figure with whom readers, particularly women, can identify. But Karbo's constant wisecracking and self-referencing grow tiresome, and her adoration of O'Keeffe lacks intellectually rigorous discussion of the art itself. Illus. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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A fresh, revealing look at the artist who continues to inspire new generations of women.
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