I know all focus is currently on the fabulous new Switch House extension to the Tate Modern in London, but tbh I’m much more excited about Georgia O’Keeffe’s retrospective coming up this July.
Women artists are at last moving centre stage (or centre gallery perhaps), this month’s Tate Etc magazine has articles on Maria Lassnig, Mona Hatoum, Sheela Gowda, as well as comment from Yayoi Kusama, Judy Chicago, Elizabeth Payton Kate Donachie and Lucy Stein on the importance of Georgia O’Keeffe on their works. The glossies are full of women artists too, Harper’s Bazaar has a great article this month on the women artists who will feature in the new Tate extension.
We’ve been banging on for years here about how women artists are under acknowledged, so it’s about time everyone caught up. Georgia O’Keeffe battled hard for recognition as an artist, saying ‘it takes a kind of nerve…and a lot of hard, hard work.’
While I wait for the exhibition (6th July -30th October) I’m going to be practicing dressing like her. She dressed beautifully but simply, wore lots of black and white, often wore men’s clothes and was never seen in heels. She also had a good way with a Parson’s Hat. Our kind of woman.
Below are a few things I’m considering for my Georgia makeover and we’ll leave the last word to her…
“Men put me down as the best woman painter…I think I’m one of the best painters.”
I’d swear those are Grenson’s on her feet.
Lovely Joseph matt silk Bryce shirt dress
Me+Em wrap black dress
Chambray shirt dress from Zara
The gorgeous images of Georgia O’Keeffe are by Todd Webb,