The Far-Apart Artists

Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O’Keeffe

an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, October 13, 2011–January 2, 2012
Catalog of the exhibition edited by Lisa Mintz Messinger
Yale University Press/ Metropolitan Museum of Art, 350 pp., $65.00

Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstraction

edited by Barbara Haskell, with essays by Barbara Haskell, Barbara Buhler Lynes, Bruce Robertson, and Elizabeth Hutton Turner, and contributions by Sasha Nicholas
Whitney Museum of American Art/Phillips Collection/Georgia O’Keeffe Museum/Yale University Press, 246 pp., $65.00

Knowing how to be noticed was one of Georgia O’Keeffe’s most valuable skills as an artist; she knew that mystery was part of her allure. The aloofness she cultivated extended to her personal life, about which biographers have long speculated. At the time of her death in 1986, it was learned the letters she had bequeathed to Yale would remain sealed for twenty years, thus preserving, for a decent interval, any lingering secrets of her personal life. These were thought to concern, in particular, her difficult relationship with the photographer, collector, and art impresario Alfred Stieglitz.

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