“I found that I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things that I had no words for.” Georgia O’Keefe undersells herself. If you can tear your eyes away from the paintings, then just go to wallow in her marvelous quotes proclaimed on the walls of San Francisco’s de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park , like “When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that moment to someone else.”
But don’t stop here, go the exhibit, and savor these deep felt words proclaimed among the images of Lake George, the subject of this survey of her work. Go to practically taste the bright yellows and greens, go and enter the fragment of a leaf as if peering through a microscope. If the draught continues, this may be all we have left!
Modern Nature: Georgia O'Keeffe and Lake George
deYoung Museum, San Francisco
February 15th - May 11th, 2014