Georgia O’Keeffe

May 14–Aug 25, 1946


MoMA’s first retrospective devoted to a woman artist explored the career of Georgia O’Keeffe. Organized chronologically, the 1946 exhibition included the daring, close-up flower motif paintings for which O’Keeffe is renowned, but also paid careful attention to the breadth of her achievement, including several early abstractions on paper and haunting landscapes she created during annual trips to New Mexico. O’Keeffe herself was closely involved with preparations for the show, and the press release emphasizes her voice, quoting her at length. Recounting how she arrived at her highly personal artistic vision, she recalls, “I found that I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say in any other way—things I had no words for.”

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