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Subject: Arts: Art & Artists

Art: Transatlantic Modernism Series

Art historian and author Wanda Corn (The Color of Mood; The Art of Andrew Wyeth; Grant Wood) examines the cultural dynamics that linked art circles in Paris and New York in the opening decades of the 20th century, focusing on painting, sculpture, art films, literature and the decorative arts. Produced Click for more

19. Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz

Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O'Keeffe, companions in life and art in spite of a 23-year age differential, symbolized the unusual juxtapositions characteristic of the American modernist period. In this program, Professor Wanda Corn uses representative samples of O'Keeffe's paintings and Stieglitz's photographs to show the impact they had on each other and on the evolution of American art. Many of Stieglitz's 1600 photographs of O'Keeffe were "carefully posed, cropped, and fluidly symbolic," indicative of a creative collaboration between subject and photographer. O'Keeffe initially confined her modernist style of abstraction, unusual vantage point, and strong form and color to the traditionally female subject of flowers. But in the late 1920s, perhaps as an act of social and matrimonial defiance, she began to paint New York City skyscrapers, and later, in conjunction with yearly sojourns to New Mexico, she employed an increasingly surreal style in depicting landscapes, churches, and skulls, the latter dramatically symbolizing "the rich tradition and cultural mix of the Southwest." This conscious change in subject matter was a reflection of O'Keeffe's strong artistic spirit and her determination to reconnect with traditional America, to "embrace the historical rural past with modernist techniques and perspectives," and to gain recognition not as a female artist, but as an artist of the American Southwest. 98/09DE SCA 60 min.
Also See: NY: Symbolism and Abstraction in the Stieglitz Circle, Parts 1 & 2

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