GEORGE O'KEEFE EXHIBITION

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Her Art

The art of Georgia O'Keeffe has been well known for eight decades in this country and for many years has been attaining similar prominence abroad. More than 500 examples of her works are in over 100 public collections in Asia, Europe, and North and Central America. In addition, since her work was first exhibited in New York in 1916, it has been included in hundreds of solo and group exhibitions organized around the world. Thus, it comes as something of a surprise to discover that at the time of her death in 1986, when she was ninety-eight, O'Keeffe owned more than one-half of the 2,029 known works of her total output.

O'Keeffe's collection of her own work was wide ranging in medium, date, subject matter, and quality. She reserved examples of her work that document her career from start to finish and stand as a testament to the complexity of her achievement. She retained works that defined her as an artist who worked on canvas or board – for which she was best known during her lifetime – and also as an artist who worked on paper supports, for which has become increasingly well know since her death.

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