Synopses & Reviews
Georgia Oandrsquo;Keeffeandrsquo;s two houses in New Mexicoandmdash;at Abiquiu and Ghost Ranchandmdash;are essential elements in her paintings, but their history has never before been detailed. Quoting liberally from the artistandrsquo;s letters, Barbara Buhler Lynes and Agapita Judy Lopez create a vibrant picture of Oandrsquo;Keeffe (1887andndash;1986) and her homes, which have long intrigued the public. An essay by architect Beverly Spears describes the distinctive characteristics of adobe construction.
The bountiful illustrations include photographs made especially for this book showing the houses as they are today, photographs of Oandrsquo;Keeffe at home by major photographers, and her paintings of the houses and the landscapes surrounding them.
Praise for Georgia O'Keeffe and her Houses:
andldquo;Beautifully designed and fascinating.andrdquo; andmdash;Publishers Weekly
"Painter Georgia O'Keeffe's (1887 1986) dominant themes vast, open spaces and washes of color, skulls, flowers, mountains, sky, 'all the earth colors of the painter's palette' were inspired by the landscape surrounding her two custom-designed houses in New Mexico (Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu), traditional buildings that were carefully tweaked to bring desert light into spaces for eating, reading, cooking, and painting. O'Keeffe scholar-curators Lynes (Georgia O'Keeffe Museum) and Lopez collect correspondence, architectural plans, photographs, present-day images, portraits of the artist, and reproductions of paintings to illustrate how O'Keeffe's living spaces influenced her creative life. A mention of O'Keeffe's love of sunbathing is accompanied by a photograph of her climbing a ladder to the roof, which brings a stirring emotional dimension to Ladder to the Moon, a surreal turquoise canvas that features a wooden ladder suspended in space between the black silhouette of desert mountains and a pearlescent half-moon. This beautifully designed and fascinating book shows how O'Keeffe's houses combined native adobe architecture, a modernist aesthetic, and her love of the natural world, revealing how the properties 'fulfilled two different aspects of O'Keeffe's independent nature' her competing desires for both rugged solitude and domestic comfort in 'our most beautiful country.' Color and b&w illus. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Barbara Buhler Lynes is curator of the Georgia Oand#8217;Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe and Emily Fisher Landau Director of the Georgia Oand#8217;Keeffe Museum Research Center. She is the author of many publications, including Abramsand#8217; Georgia Oand#8217;Keeffe Museum: Highlights from the Collection and Georgia Oand#8217;Keeffe Museum Collections. Agapita Judy Lopez is director of Abiquiu Historic Properties and rights and reproductions manager for the Georgia Oand#8217;Keeffe Museum. She worked for Georgia Oand#8217;Keeffe from 1974 until the artistand#8217;s death in 1986.