Georgia O'Keeffe at Tate Modern

Added on by Miguel Sopena.

Really enjoyed the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibition at Tate Modern, London. Whatever your opinions on her themes and style, it seemed to me that the exhibition presented an artist with a genuine voice which stayed fresh and compelling throughout her career. Another sign of a great painter is O'Keeffe's ability to make the most modest compositions (a single flower in a vase, a prune, a few apples) look fresh and appealing.

The exhibition traces O'Keeffe's career from the beautiful charcoal abstract drawings which caught the eye of New York photographer and avant-garde gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz in 1916 (which would mark the start of their 30-year relationship) to her New York period and her discovery of the New Mexico landscape, which became her inspiration for the rest of her career.

The constant mediation and second-guessing O'Keeffe (who did not think of herself and did not want to be considered a 'woman artist') had to endure at the hands of male commentators is a running theme in the show.

The exhibition finishes on Sunday 30 October so there's still time to catch the exhibition this weekend if you're in or around London.

Jimson Weed

Jimson Weed