Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Do You Know the Way to Santa Fe?

I finally get to see Santa Fe, and what to my wondering eyes does appear, why a wonderful exhibit at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum featuring works by herself and her close friend Ansel Adams. The Exhibit, titled Natural Affinities, was a real treat for me. I first discovered both of them at about the same time, years ago, while studying photography. Oh, and by the way, Georgia was married to Alfred Stieglitz another American photography icon.

O'Keeffe and Adams met in Taos, New Mexico in 1929. O'Keeffe was visiting from New York, and Adams was working on a collaborative effort, Taos Pueblo, with text by Mary Austin. At that time Adams was a relative unknown, but O'Keeffe was one of the most well-known and celebrated modernist painters. She was 42, he was 27. The two became immediate friends.

In 1933, Adams went to New York to meet O'Keeffe's husband Alfred Stieglitz, who was by then in his '70s. Three years later, Stieglitz gave Adams a show in his New York Gallery. O'Keeffe and Adams remained friends until their deaths in the 1980s, he in 1984 at the age of 82, and she in 1986 at the extraordinary age of 98.

Although their mediums are very different, the two artists held a fascination with landscapes both large and small that brought out the similarities of nature rather than the differences.

The exhibit is ongoing until September 7th, so if you get the chance, stop by and take it in.--Ruth Mitchell

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