GEORGIA O'KEEFFE | COLLECTION OF O'KEEFFE GALLERY CATALOGUES, 1917–1958
O'KEEFFE'S PERSONAL FILE SET OF GALLERY CATALOGUES AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS FROM EXHIBITIONS AT 291, THE ANDERSON GALLERIES, THE INTIMATE GALLERY, AN AMERICAN PLACE, AND ELSEWHERE, 1917–1958
More than 100 catalogues, exhibition listings, printed announcements, and other ephemera, mostly printed with some typescript, a few items unrelated to exhibitions (a few items present in duplicate). Housed in a black cloth document box.
Spanning more than forty years, the present collection includes publications from group exhibitions as well as O'Keeffe's solo exhibitions. The earliest item, still accompanied by its original envelope, is an announcement of "An Exhibition of the Recent Work,—Oils, Water-Colors, Charcoal Drawings, Sculpture,—by Georgia O'Keeffe, of Canyon, Texas," held at the Gallery of the Photo-Secession/291, 1917.
In the introduction that she wrote for the brochure "Alfred Stieglitz Presents One Hundred Pictures … by Georgia O'Keeffe, American," held at the Anderson Galleries, 1923, O'Keeffe states, "I grew up pretty much as everybody else grows up and one day seven years ago found myself saying to myself—I can't live where I want to—I can't go were I want to—I can't do what I want to—I can't even say what I want to. … I decided I was a very stupid fool not to at least paint as I wanted to and say what I wanted to when I painted as that seemed to be the only thing I could do that didn't concern anybody but myself—that was nobody's business but my own.—So these paintings happened and many others that are not here.—I found I could say things with color and shapes that I could say in no other way—things I had no words for." Fourteen years later, the catalogue for An American Place's "Georgia O'Keeffe: Catalogue of the 14th Annual Exhibition of Paintings, with some recent O'Keeffe letters," prints the insightful texts of eight letters O'Keeffe had written from Ghost Ranch to Stieglitz during the summer of 1937.
The most significant pieces not related to an exhibition are an invitation to, and the program for, the exercises conferring on O'Keeffe the degree of Doctor of Fine Arts, College of William and Mary, 1938.
Georgia O’Keeffe, Abiquiu, New Mexico
By descent to the present owner
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