This week's research was a little light since I was on vacation but I still found some interesting things:
Georgia got her first Chow in 1952, 3 years after moving to New Mexico. She never owned another dog breed after, owning at least 6 Chows during her lifetime including Bo, Chia, Inca, Jingo.
In 1968 Georgia was on the cover of Life magazine. Here's a link about that article and a quote from there:
"She became a celebrity because of her independence, because of the way she engineered her life in such a simple way that she looked like a role model for counterculture lifestyle, and LIFE played that up in those pictures," says Wanda M. Corn, the exhibit's curator and Stanford University professor emerita in Art History. The spread "hit a nerve in '68 with people who wanted to leave urban living and who are beginning to think about sustainable lifestyles that aren’t dependent on modern technology. The hippies are about ready to emerge, the feminists are about ready to emerge—this is part of a new public for her. It’s only really late in her life that she becomes famous to people who know nothing about art, when they discovered her through something like LIFE."
In 1971 Geogia began to lose her eyesight due to macular degeneration. In 1972, she finished her last unassisted works in oil and in 1973 she hired 26 year old Juan Hamilton to assist her. They became close friends. He taught her to work in clay and encouraged her to write her autobiography.
I was bummed to miss Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern at the Brooklyn Museum last year. I love the way objects and photos were combined to tell a story. I ended up buing the book which is beautiful.
“The exhibition suggests that O’Keeffe (1887-1986) wanted every aspect of her life and person, like her art, to announce her difference. She also controlled the way she was photographed as carefully as a Hollywood studio, creating a seamless merging of nature-based art and a somewhat monkish persona. The sparsely furnished structures and the landscapes she inhabited outside Santa Fe, where she spent most of her time after 1929, framed the presentation. The house near Abiquiu, N.M., that she saved from ruin and her stunningly situated Ghost Ranch, 16 miles away, figure both in some of her best-known paintings and as photographic backdrops.”
You know I love finding little connections between artists... the pin above was given to Georgia by Alexander Calder. She wore it often; she preferred to wear it vertically. Later she had a copy made in silver because she thought it looked better with her white hair.
Georgia O'Keeffe became increasingly frail in her late 90s. She moved to Santa Fe in 1984, where she died on March 6, 1986 at the age of 98. She was cremated and her ashes were scattered at Ghost Ranch.
Before I left on vacation, I finished up this flower painting inspired by Georgia.