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Georgia O’Keeffe

1887–1986

About this artist: Georgia O’Keeffe

Georgia O’Keeffe, No. 8—Special (Drawing No. 8), 1916  85.52  
Georgia O’Keeffe, Music, Pink and Blue No. 2, 1918  91.90  
Georgia O’Keeffe, Flower Abstraction, 1924  85.47  

January 6, 2010
Gallery Talk: Sasha Nicholas on
Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstraction

Georgia O’Keeffe, Blue Flower, 1918. Pastel on paper mounted on cardboard, 20 × 16 in. (50.8 × 40.6 cm). Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico; gift of The Burnett Foundation. © Private collection
Georgia O’Keeffe, Blue Flower, 1918. Pastel on paper mounted on cardboard, 20 × 16 in. (50.8 × 40.6 cm). Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico; gift of The Burnett Foundation. © Private collection

Although Georgia O’Keeffe’s abstract works have often been overlooked by critics and curators, abstraction was an ongoing concern for the artist throughout her career. As she once stated, “The abstraction is often the most definite form for the intangible thing in myself that I can only clarify in paint.” Sasha Nicholas, one of the co-curators of Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstraction, gives an inside look at the exhibition and O’Keeffe’s process and method.