Ge­or­gia O'Keeffe. Vi­sions of Hawai'i

Timeless Travels Magazine - - GERMANY -

J.L.Groarke & T. Pa­paniko­las (eds) Pres­tel Pub­lished: 2018 Price: £27.50

In 1939, Ge­or­gia O'Keeffe, who at 51 was among the most fa­mous artists in the United States, ac­cepted a com­mis­sion from the Hawai­ian Pineap­ple Com­pany to pro­duce two paint­ings for ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paigns. Her nine-week trip to Hawai'i re­sulted in more than 20 paint­ings, which re­veal that O'Keeffe - most com­monly as­so­ci­ated with the stark deserts of New Mex­ico - was pro­foundly in­spired by what she saw and ex­pe­ri­enced on the lush, trop­i­cal Hawai­ian Is­lands.

This vol­ume which accompanies the ex­hi­bi­tion Ge­or­gia O'Keeffe: Vi­sions of Hawai'i, or­gan­ised by the New York Botan­i­cal Gar­den (and on un­til 28 Oc­to­ber 2018), ex­plores this lit­tle­known chapter in the artist's ca­reer. Glow­ing with colour and feel­ing, th­ese paint­ings demon­strate O'Keeffe's unique abil­ity to make any place she hap­pened to be in her own.

This ground break­ing vol­ume of­fers a unique perspective by fore­ground­ing the eco­log­i­cal com­plex­ity of the Hawai­ian Is­lands - one of the most bi­o­log­i­cally di­verse places on Earth - that is hid­den be­hind O'Keeffe's de­pic­tions.

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