The Georgia O'Keeffe: Living Modern exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York is not your typical artist exhibition. The show focuses on the identity of the artist through personal items collected and made. One example is her clothing. O'Keeffe learned how to sew at a young age and she was able to create an identity through the dresses she made and her fashion choices which were strongly correlated with her location. Clothes for New York City were mostly black and more layers. Materials for the clothes she used in the desert in Santa Fe were looser. Later in her career when she bought clothes they reflect a particular style that integrates her persona with nature. Dresses by Marimekko and traditional Japanese kimonos can be found among her collection.
Lots of portraits were taken of Georgia O'Keeffe not only by Alfred Stieglitz but by many others who visited her in her home. She wasn't shy in front of the camera and she became part of the landscape, she was part of her home and she became a focal point in the art form of photography. As documentation, it's also interesting to see how these photographs have captured her lifestyle as a Modern woman in tune with the furniture design at the moment. We can appreciate design pieces purchased from Knoll. Designs by Eero Saarinen and Harry Bertoia can be found throughout her home, these pieces were quite modern for her rustic abode in the desert.
A true artist is a person who is constantly creating, searching for inspiration, living their life becomes art. Georgia O'Keeffe drew inspiration from nature and collected objects that inspired her work and her decor. She lived a simple material life but a complex one in ideologies. The exhibition is a portrait of her essence and life as a creative. I highly recommend if you have a chance to visit. For more information on the exhibition at the Brooklyn Art Museum click here or purchase the catalog here.
Also, check out the Pinterest Board called Artist's Homes for more images on Georgia O'Keeffe's home and other homes of artists that represent their creative identities. These spaces are most inspirational in creating a personalized home.
If you would like to learn more about women artist and designers influenced by the Modernist movement check out our post on Mothers of Design.