Georgia O’Keeffe, the pioneering modernist artist and perennial favorite, has in recent years been the subject of exhibitions about the first two decades of her long career, from 1915 to the 1930s, and about the clothing she wore and the control she exerted over the way she was photographed.
This year she will be cast in a new light, in exhibitions at the New York Botanical Garden, exploring works made in Hawaii, where she traveled on a corporate commission, and at Crystal Bridges Museum of Contemporary Art, in Bentonville, Ark., which is presenting a survey of her work alongside that of contemporary artists she inspired. She will also be part of a broad American Modernist exhibition of 160 works of fine and decorative art, all from the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
O’Keeffe, who was born on a Wisconsin wheat farm in 1887 and died in Santa Fe, N.M., in 1986, was, according to her obituary in The New York Times that is still resonant today, a key figure in “the American 20th century.”
“As much as anyone since Mary Cassatt,” the obituary continued, “she raised the awareness of the American public to the fact that a woman could be the equal of any man in her chosen field.”
Here are the details of the exhibitions about the artist whose images expressed what she called “the wideness and wonder of the world as I live in it.”