"I am not one who was born in the custody of wisdom. I am one who is fond of olden times and intense in quest of the sacred knowing of the ancients." Gustave Courbet

13 June 2022


Varon, Georgia O’Keeffe at her home, Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, 1977

On Malcolm Varon's exhibition Georgia O'Keeffe: A Life Well-Lived ...
In 1977 a correspondent from Art News arrived in Abiquiú to prepare a piece on “Georgia O’Keeffe at 90.” Upon arrival he discovered that there were no recent photographs of O’Keeffe available to illustrate the article, however, the photographer Malcolm Varon (O’Keeffe’s preferred art photographer) happened to be visiting. Varon shot more than 70 color images capturing not only portraits of the artist, but also of her life in Northern New Mexico. The magazine published five of the photographs. This exhibition brings together many of Varon’s unpublished images, capturing O’Keeffe during a far less documented period of her life, in full color, relaxed in the familiar home and landscape she loved so much. 

Ariel Plotek, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum’s Curator of Fine Art, and Barbara Buhler Lynes, Exhibition Co-Curator, discuss the photographs featured in the Georgia O’Keeffe, a Life Well-Lived: Photographs by Malcolm Varon ...

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