Color is one of the greatest things in the world that makes life worth living to me… it is my effort to create an equivalent with paint color for the world-life as I see it. – Georgia O’Keeffe
During every time we always make a point to check out local art galleries/museums and during our recent trip to Raleigh we had the opportunity to see The Beyond – Georgia O’Keeffe + Contemporary Art exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Art. The exhibit featured many of the pieces that the artist is known for including her florals and her western landscapes featuring the ‘skulls’.
One interesting fact we learned while watching the video about the artist which featuring a narration by the artist herself, was that O’Keeffe didn’t associate death with the skulls that she painted. Which is a unique perspective for those of us who do. She saw the beauty in the structure and unique shapes of the skull and the landscape around them.
Georgia O’Keeffe pioneered revolutionary ways of visually interpreting the world, leaving a lasting legacy for artists working today. This innovative exhibition brings together a significant group of O’Keeffe’s works as the centerpiece of an exploration of her continued force as a touchstone for contemporary art. – North Carolina Museum of Art
One of O’Keeffe’s sketchbooks
The sculpture from earlier in the exhibition…
It is raining since halfway from Santa Fe but just this minute the sun comes out – I have a sweat at the window – no one in the other two. A slice of blue grey sky has cut over the clouds. – Georgia O’Keeffe
O’Keeffe often traveled by plane in her later years and her included her work. She found herself inspired by the aerial views during her travels and often sketched or painted views that inspired her the most.
The exhibition will be on view through November 30th.
Following the exhibition in the East Building, it’s worth checking out the West Building (which offers free admission). The West Building also has the museums restaurant, coffee bar and the gift shop.
Miss Everything (Unsuppressed Deliverance) | Amy Sherald | Oil on Canvas
Kawliya I | Hayv Kahraman | Oil on Linen
Semi-Reclining Dress Impression with Drapery | Karen LaMonte | Cast glass
Before we left the Museum we took a moment to enjoy this avenue of trees. I just love the Parisian feel that this outdoor space has. One could almost pretend they were in Paris.