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Georgia O’Keeffe: “My New Yorks”

Georgia O’Keeffe: “My New Yorks”

Georgia O’Keeffe: “My New Yorks”
The Art Institute of Chicago – Jun 02 to Sep 22, 2024 Chicago (US)


Famed for her images of flowers and Southwestern landscapes, Georgia O’Keeffe spent several years exploring the built environment of New York City with brush in hand. The artist first moved to the city’s newly built Shelton Hotel in 1924, then the tallest residential skyscraper in the world, and its soaring heights inspired a five-year period of energetic experimentation, across media and at a variety of scales, with subject matter, form, and perspective.

Monumental skyscrapers.

She created street-level compositions capturing the city’s monumental skyscrapers from below and suspended views looking down from her 30th-floor apartment. O’Keeffe called these works “my New Yorks” and through them investigated the dynamic potential of New York’s cityscape—the organic and the inorganic, the natural and the constructed. As she put it, “One can’t paint New York as it is, but rather as it is felt.”

1920s and 1930s.

This exhibition is the first to seriously examine O’Keeffe’s paintings, drawings, and pastels of urban landscapes, while also situating them in the diverse context of her other compositions of the 1920s and early 1930s.



Horizontal painting of industrial landscape surrounding the blue waters of the East River. The river, on which a boat is visible, bisects the scene horizontally. In the foreground, several buildings line the various streets that lead to the riverbank. On the opposite side of the river, smokestacks rise above factories billowing grey and white smoke.

The Art Institute of Chicago→  111 South Michigan Avenue Loop – Chicago, IL, USA 60603






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