Updated: Jun 7, 2018
A friend sent me an article this week about a recent exhibition of Georgia
O'keeffe’s work being held at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG). This
exhibition which opened on May 19th, is a collection of works relating to the
period of time O'keeffe spent in Hawaii.
Many of these works I had not seen before, even though I own several books
documenting her work. Have you seen the ones below?
She paints in greens as beautifully as her red desert mountains.
There was an important painting missing from this collection however, Hibiscus,
which has been out of the spot light since 1998 when it was exhibited in a
Memphis gallery. Other than that, it has remained in private collections and the
New York gallery had a great deal of difficulty tracking it down. In fact the
exhibition opened without it.
Georgia OʼKeeffe, Hibiscus, 1939. Courtesy of Christieʼs.
The intriguing thing is that on May 22nd Christies Auction house had located this
very painting and was offering it up for auction. It sold for a cool $4.8 Million. Now
it has come to light again, the next venues for the Okeeffe exhibition are keen to
try and secure the painting as the finishing piece for this important body of work.
So if you are in New York the exhibition runs from
Saturday, May 19, 2018 –
Sunday, October 28, 2018 at the
New York Botanical Garden (NYBG).
The Garden is located at Bronx River Parkway and Fordham Road in the Bronx, and
is easy to reach by car, subway, bus, and Metro-North.