Now in hardback, Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern presents a meticulously researched and fresh perspective on O’Keeffe’s personal style. Accompanying a major traveling exhibition, it uncovers O’Keeffe’s consistent and disciplined minimalism, one that integrated her art, her self-fashioning, and her day-to-day living. It also illuminates how O’Keeffe purposefully dressed and composed her body to proclaim her modernity when posing for photographers who asked her to sit for them.
This richly illustrated book contains compelling images including photographs of O’Keeffe’s clothes and accessories that have never been published before. It also reproduces many of her paintings and drawings as well as views of the two homes she designed and furnished in New Mexico. As points of reference and analysis, there are many photographic portraits of the artist, beginning with those taken by her life partner, and eminent photographer Alfred Stieglitz, and continuing with ones by Ansel Adams, Todd Webb, Yousuf Karsh, Phillipe Halsman, and Cecil Beaton. O’Keeffe understood the power of photographs in the twentieth century to create an artistic persona and bolster a reputation.
Wanda M. Corn is the Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor Emerita in Art History at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. Her publications include Grant Wood: The Regionalist Vision; The Great American Thing: Modern Art and National Identity, 1915-1935; and Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories.