GEORGIA O’KEEFFE: THROUGH THE LENS. Scheinbaum + Russek, Santa Fe

Eliot Porter (1901 - 1990)
Georgia O'Keeffe with Bust by Mary Callery,
Ghost Ranch, 1945
Gelatin silver print

Todd Webb (1905 - 2000)
On the Portal of O'Keeffe's Ghost Ranch House, 1962
Gelatin silver print 

Eliot Porter (1901 - 1990)
White Boulder, Black Place, New Mexico, 1945
Gelatin silver print 

Todd Webb (1905 - 2000)
Georgia O'Keeffe's Studio at the Abiquiu House, New Mexico, 1962
Dye-transfer print

 Myron Wood (1921 - 1991)
Miss O'Keeffe, Abiquiu, New Mexico, 1980
Gelatin silver print

Long recognized as one of the world’s leading artists, in her personal life she protected her privacy and maintained an air of inaccessibility and an almost reverential approach to her immediate surroundings. Scheinbaum + Russek’s Georgia O’Keeffe: Through the Lens exhibition focuses on the work of three photographers: Eliot Porter, Todd Webb and Myron Wood – all friends of Georgia O’Keeffe and all who were invited by her to photograph. Each photographer chose a different approach and in total this exhibition offers the viewer a glimpse into her private life and immediate surroundings in her home, studio and landscape.

Eliot Porter shared with O’Keeffe a love for New Mexico, it’s culture and landscape, and he, like O’Keeffe, incorporated this environment into their own art. Their deep respect for each other and life-long friendship enabled Porter to make intimate and striking portraits of O’Keeffe.  They shared an aesthetic, a life-style and a passion for living and working in New Mexico.  O’Keeffe introduced Eliot Porter to many unique sights in New Mexico that had been inspirational to her, among them the Black Place and the White Place.  Porter, in turn, shared many of his loves of the southwest with O’Keeffe by including her on several of his journeys through the Glen Canyon area. Porter had met O’Keeffe in New York while exhibiting at Alfred Stieglitz’s gallery An American Place in 1939.

Todd Webb and his wife Lucille lived in Santa Fe in the l960′s and ran a wonderful bookshop and photography gallery on Canyon Road.  Having met Stieglitz and O’Keeffe in New York, the Webb’s first came to explore New Mexico by O’Keeffe’s invitation.  Over the years of their close friendship Todd Webb was able to record O’Keeffe’s life-style and surroundings with the intimacy that only a most welcomed friend could have made.  His work explores her home, her studio and the surroundings that inspired many of her paintings.  His photographs span their thirty-year friendship, dating from 1955 to 1981.

In 1979, Georgia O’Keeffe permitted Myron Wood to photograph her home in Abiquiu and in Ghost Ranch.  New Mexico, its fierce light and big, open skies, it’s directness and toughness were qualities that O’Keeffe herself possessed.  Myron Wood has captured those qualities in his beautiful photographs that are a tribute to O’Keeffe. Wood made hundreds of pictures, of the artist herself, the people closest to her, and most especially of the house, gardens, and surrounding landscape that was so elemental to O’Keeffe’s vision.  These photographs do more than merely document the look of the house; they evoke the spirit of the place, as O’Keeffe inhabited it. (text courtesy Scheinbaum + Russek)

January 23rd – March 5th, 2016
Scheinbaum + Russek
369 Montezuma, #345
Santa Fe, New Mexico

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