Georgia O'Keeffe
112 pages, 9 x 12
64 color plates
Release Date:15 Oct 2020

Georgia O'Keeffe

A Life Well Lived

By Malcolm Varon; Foreword by Cody Hartley; Introduction by Barbara Buhler Lynes
University of New Mexico Press

Georgia O'Keeffe remains an icon, continuing to inspire generations to break barriers and embrace the natural world in both art and life. Featuring sixty-four lush, full-color photographs, this stunning new work captures O'Keeffe as she neared her ninetieth birthday, showcasing her homes and companions at Ghost Ranch and Abiquiú and the landscapes that inspired her. While O'Keeffe and her environs have been the subject of many photographers' work, only Varon was specifically chosen by O'Keeffe to photograph her work in color.

This book is the first collection of photographs to portray O'Keeffe and her surroundings in color. Varon includes an insightful reflection on his experiences with O'Keeffe in which he brings the photographs to life in an intimate way. Cody Hartley, the director of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and Barbara Buhler Lynes, the foremost O'Keeffe scholar, provide further context to Varon's photographs.

This new collection of photographs and essays rounds out a portrait of the artist in her nineties: firm, serene, and in control of her personal and artistic legacy.'--Rachel Jagareski, Foreword Reviews
When Georgia O'Keeffe modeled for professional photographers, she dressed in black and white and favored poses that rendered her a serious and solitary human being. She would not smile, or show her teeth, and she often looked away from the camera. As she moved into her ninth decade, however, she dropped her guard for Malcolm Varon. She let him capture her in free flow, her eyes twinkling, her mouth smiling, her eyes looking into his lens. . . . Varon gives us an approachable O'Keeffe, a warm human being with a winning smile!'--Wanda M. Corn, author of Georgia O'Keeffe: Living Modern
There are many books on O'Keeffe, but none that show the depth of the personal relationship she had with Malcolm Varon, who was the only photographer to be deemed qualified by O'Keeffe to produce photographic images of her paintings for over two decades.'--Stuart Ashman, CEO of the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market
Malcolm Varon has photographed on location across three continents in museums, collectors' homes, art galleries, and artists' studios. His photographs of O'Keeffe as well as his photographs of paintings and sculptures have been featured in over 175 books.
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