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O’Keeffe retrospective set for Tate Modern

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From the Tate Modern comes this most excellent news:

Tate Modern will present a major retrospective of the American modernist artist Georgia O’Keeffe, a century after her New York debut. The exhibit will run 6 July to 30 October 2016.

The exhibition is the first important solo institutional exhibition of the artist’s work in the UK for a generation. This ambitious and wide-ranging overview will review O’Keeffe’s work in depth and reassess her place in the canon of twentieth-century art, situating her within artistic circles of her own generation and indicating her influence on artists of subsequent generations.

A key aspect of the exhibition will be to consider O’Keeffe’s professional and personal relationship with Alfred Stieglitz; photographer, modern art promoter and the artist’s husband. While Stieglitz afforded O’Keeffe access to the most current developments in avant-garde art, she employed these influences and opportunities to her own objectives. Her keen intellect, as well as her forceful and resolute character, created a fruitful relationship that was, though sometimes conflictive, one of reciprocal influence and exchange.

The popular notion that O’Keeffe was a simple painter of flowers is a conception she faced during her lifetime. This exhibition will consider these remarkable flower works in the context of her overall production as multi-layered images, relating them to her engagement with abstraction and issues of form and composition, to her complex relationship with gendered imagery, bodily analogy and Freudian interpretations, and to her spiritual engagement with the landscape. Charting the progression of her practice from her early abstract experiments to her late work, this exhibition will re-examine her entire career, her development, her trajectory west, and the profound influence and legacy of her work.

Georgia O’Keeffe is curated by Tanya Barson, Curator, Tate Modern, with Hannah Johnston, Assistant Curator, Tate Modern. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue from Tate Publishing and will tour throughout 2017.

Ann Daly PhD is an essayist specializing in women and women's history. She is working on a book about Georgia O'Keeffe.

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