dinsdag, maart 19, 2013

Georgia O'Keeffe




"A component of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center, which is affiliated with Santa Fe’s Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, the artist’s house at Ghost Ranch recently was restored to its original 1940s appearance, based on photographs from the period. The ranch itself, located some 60 miles northwest of Santa Fe, now functions as an educational conference center run by the Presbyterian Church.
At Ghost Ranch, Georgia O’Keeffe composed a life of Zen-like simplicity. The stark desert landscape corresponds to the austerity of the house and its interior as well as to her austere, self-sufficient image. O’Keeffe’s minimalist aesthetic, rooted in her appreciation of Asian art and the design-driven teachings of artist Arthur Wesley Dow, with whom she studied at Columbia University in 1914–15, is evident throughout. The rooms are decorated with a careful assemblage of found objects and functional furniture and open onto a central patio, overgrown with gray-green chamiso and sagebrush.
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Though modest in appearance, it exudes a certain harmony, as if every element were in its proper place, reflecting O’Keeffe’s attention to detail. Her studio is a tranquil, whitewashed space with a hardwood floor and an adobe fireplace, above which hangs a bleached animal skull. Displayed on the mantel and windowsills, as well as on the naturally grained cedar ledge encircling the room, are gnarled branches and animal bones, reminiscent of the objects that she scavenged from the desert. The originals were donated, along with O’Keeffe’s art materials and personal possessions, to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center in Santa Fe by artist Juan Hamilton, O’Keeffe’s friend and associate, and his wife, Anna Marie." (bron: Architectural Digest, tekst: Dana Micucci, foto's: Robert Reck)

Meer tekst en foto's in AD. (hk)

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