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Georgia OKeeffe Museum to Sell Three Works to Benefit Acquisitions Fund


Santa Fe, New Mexico (PRWEB) September 12, 2014

Sothebys is honored to announce that it will offer one of the most iconic works by Georgia OKeeffe ever to appear at auction, as the centerpiece of its American Art sale in New York on 20 November 2014. Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 is one of the most well-known examples of OKeeffes celebrated flower paintings, which stand among the most recognizable images in both art history and popular culture. The painting is one of three works by the American artist that are on offer from the Georgia OKeeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which are being sold to benefit its Acquisitions Fund.

Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 will be on view in Los Angeles and Hong Kong, before returning to New York for exhibition in Sothebys York Avenue galleries beginning 15 November**. The work comes to auction with an estimate of $ 10/15 million*, well in excess of the artists auction record***. Also on offer from the Museums collection and sold to benefit the Acquisitions Fund is On the Old Santa Fe Road, estimated at $ 2/3 million, and Untitled (Skunk cabbage), estimated at $ 500/750,000.

This deaccession is part of the maturation of the Georgia OKeeffe institution and aligns with our future collecting strategy, coupled with planned giving and donations, said Rob Kret, Director of the Georgia OKeeffe Museum. This has been a thoughtful process that has unfolded over the course of more than a year, and the deaccession is fully supported by the donor of the three works and was unanimously approved by the Georgia OKeeffe board of directors. All of the income from this sale will be used for future acquisitions to support the growth of our dynamic, vibrant OKeeffe collection.

Cody Hartley, Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Georgia OKeeffe Museum, said: Letting go of these pieces is a sacrifice, and we do not take this decision lightly. We are fortunate to have equally strong examples of similar subjects, including the masterful Bella Donna, which bears a close resemblance to Jimson Weed. Through this sale we have the opportunity to substantially fund an acquisitions endowment that will allow us to be competitive when pursuing iconic OKeeffe masterworks. This sale will provide funding to strengthen and refine our collection, allowing us to represent the full breadth of Georgia OKeeffes artistic accomplishments.

Elizabeth Goldberg, Head of Sothebys American Art Department, commented: It is a great privilege to offer the remarkable Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 on behalf of the Georgia OKeeffe Museum. While the artists celebrated flower paintings make up a relatively small portion of her prolific career, they are firmly planted in the popular consciousness. Among this series, Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 is a particularly stunning and familiar example, painted in a large scale that distinguishes it within her oeuvre. OKeeffe worked throughout her life to express her unique, uncompromising and crystal-clear vision, and today she is one of few distinctly-American artists with truly international appeal.

Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 was owned originally by the artists sister Anita OKeeffe Young, whose estate was sold at Sothebys in December 1987. It was subsequently included in two private collections before being donated to the Georgia OKeeffe Museum by The Burnett Foundation in 1996. The work hung in the White House for 6 years at the request of First Lady Laura Bush, and has been featured in nearly every major retrospective on the artist, including those at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

The earliest recorded examples of Georgia OKeeffes magnified flower images date to 1924, though she painted flowers on a smaller scale even earlier. Although connotations of sexuality and gender were continuously ascribed to these works, OKeeffe rejected these types of associations. The intent behind these images was to express the exuberance with which she personally experienced the natural world, as well as to compel her viewer to observe what is in reality a small and delicate entity in a new and more profound way.

The flower paintings were shown first in the Seven Americans exhibition, organized by her then-husband Alfred Stieglitz at the Anderson Galleries in March 1925. OKeeffes work was exhibited alongside others by John Marin, Arthur Dove, Charles Demuth, Paul Strand and Stieglitz himself. Unlike these painters, OKeeffe had not studied outside of the United States, and her pieces were praised for being free of European models and antecedents.

OKeeffe first saw Jimson weed growing in northern New Mexico a setting that would come to define much of her career and painted the present work in 1932. At a significant 48 by 40 inches, Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 is one of the rare instances early in her career that OKeeffe chose a canvas size noticeably larger than her usual format. The same year, the artist had started plans for a mural construction for Radio City Music Hall, which was then under construction in Rockefeller Center. This may have led her to experiment with a larger format in her paintings.

Also on offer from the Museums collection and benefiting the Acquisitions Fund is On the Old Santa Fe Road (est. $ 2/3 million), which attests to the deep inspiration OKeeffe gleaned from the stark simplicity of the desert landscape of New Mexico the place she made her permanent home in 1949. OKeeffes depiction captures the rugged geological forms and brilliant colors of the American Southwest. While On the Old Santa Fe Road emphasizes the incredible vastness of this dramatic environment, Untitled (Skunk Cabbage), made prior to her first visit to New Mexico in 1929, focuses on the smaller form of this distinctive plant, one of the first to bloom in the spring (est. $ 500/750,000).

ABOUT THE GEORGIA OKEEFFE MUSEUM

To inspire all current and future generations, the Georgia OKeeffe Museum preserves, presents and advances the artistic legacy of Georgia OKeeffe and modernism through innovative public engagement, education, and research. Opened in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1997, the Museum counts OKeeffes two New Mexico homes as part of its extended collection. The Museums collections, exhibitions, research center, publications and educational programs contribute to scholarly discourse and serve a diverse audience. For more information please visit http://www.okeeffemuseum.org.

**EXHIBITION CALENDAR

Sothebys Los Angeles

22 & 23 September

Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

3 5 October

*** The current auction record for a work by Georgia OKeeffe is $ 6.2 million, set at Christies New York in May 2001

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Yone Arts believes that freedom of expression is the defining right of humankind.

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Paula Tin Nyo, a native of Myanmar and a graduate of Yale University, is an art consultant dedicated to improving cross-cultural awareness, goodwill and prosperity through creativity in the business model. Born in Yangon, Myanmar, Tin Nyo is a third generation artist and writer from the premiere media family in post-colonial Burma. As one of the intellectual and artistic diaspora now returning to Myanmar after four decades of its isolation, she contributes her robust background in cultural education, writing and media ethics. She has lived in five different countries and throughout the United States. Tin Nyo envisions strong economic relationships between Myanmar and the rest of the world in order to provide prosperity and depth in a multidimensional framework that makes connections across sectors of arts, media, industry and social progress. She draws from her experience in advertising, education, arts management and writing to initiate communication and actualize opportunities for Myanmar and parties interested in her native countrys development.

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