Posts Tagged ‘heroes

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Jul
10

Georgia O’keeffe & Alfred Stieglitz

“What you see is not an apple tree, nor roundness, nor a bath. It is shapes in relationship. The imagination playing within the surface.”-Alfred Stieglitz

On Wednesday I attended a most civilized evening at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Artist talk: Janine Burke, author, ‘Source: nature’s healing role in art and writing’, in association with Alfred Stieglitz: the Lake George years.

ALFRED STIEGLITZ: THE LAKE GEORGE YEARS

‘One of the most influential figures in 20th-century American art, Alfred Stieglitz was among the first to recognise the power of photography as an artistic and poetic medium.’

Stieglitz’s exhibition was insightful and moving but it is his photographs of O’keeffe that hold my eyes in trance. There is something about this woman, not just her art and her life, but her face and her eyes, I see something that I imagine Stieglitz also saw. She is otherworldly, completely disengaged with the camera but at the same time so completely engaging in herself. Looking into her eyes, her hands, her expressions, I feel like I’m swimming into a bottomless sea of emotion. Her eyes look sad, beautifully sad, like she has seen things she would rather not have seen.

Now can someone tell me when I am going to walk into the gallery of an arty older man who will be intrigued by my deep, dark beauty and take me on as his muse/soon to be wife? Then I would like my own ranch in New Mexico to get away to for my own artistic inspiration please.

Georgia O’keeffe is my hero.

Ghost ranch: http://www.okeeffemuseum.org/her-houses.aspx

And thank you.

(I’d rather he not be German though)

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