Past Exhibition

Radical Abstraction

December 2, 2022 - November 4, 2023

Santa Fe, NM

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

Timed tickets required for all visitors. Free for members.

Large canvas of mostly white with an abstracted reference to the black door from the adobe wall of her Abiquiu home. The door is represented by a large black rectangle in the center, with line of grey-blue squares suggesting the stepping stones along the path. Along the top and bottom edges of the canvas are lines of a darker blue grey, thin on top, thicker along the bottom.

With a career spanning over six decades, Georgia O’Keeffe has been celebrated for her paintings of flowers, animal bones, and landscapes. Less well known is her depth of engagement with abstraction. The paintings in this exhibition, drawn from the Museum’s collection, range from pioneering early abstractions to late works that exemplify the synthesis of abstraction and nature in O’Keeffe’s art. This exhibition invites visitors to explore O’Keeffe’s rejection of “realism” in favor of a radical, hybrid mode of representation.

“Nothing is less real than realism. Details are confusing. It is only by selection, by elimination, by emphasis, that we get at the real meaning of things.”

Georgia O'Keeffe