Georgia O'Keeffe. Visions of Hawai'i
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.