Sunday, December 13, 2009

Georgia O'Keeffe

I had an incredibly busy day yesterday. I went to the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit at the Whitney Museum in the morning -- it's a show of her abstractions and, predictably, it's fascinating. I've been to so many Georgia O'Keeffe shows that I've seen several of the paintings repeatedly. It's a strange feeling to stand in front of "Music: Pink and Blue II" and think, "I stood in front if this very same painting in 1985 in Washington, D.C.!" Kind of like saying hello to an old friend.

Anyway, she is my favorite artist, and as always I enjoyed the richness of her color and her supple organic forms. Seeing a reprint of a Georgia O'Keeffe painting just doesn't do it justice. The colors are so deep and vibrant that they prompt despair for modern printing techniques -- all those gift cards, calendars, books and posters look sadly pale by comparison.

After the show I took myself to my local diner for brunch, then ran some errands and went out to Queens to do some photography. I hit a couple of graffiti spots, then walked into Brooklyn to my friend Kate's house. I had coffee with her and we had a wander around her Greenpoint neighborhood at dusk, where I got to experiment a bit more with my camera in low light conditions.

Finally I headed to my friend Dan's house in Sunnyside for his 39th birthday party, then after about an hour I hopped a subway, raced home and picked up a bag, and caught a train out to New Jersey where I am now. It's amazing how much ground you can cover with mass transit in the NYC metro area!

(Photo: Wall in the East Village, Nov. 2009)


  1. It's amazing how much ground YOU can cover. You're awesome, Steve!!

    And yes, paintings I love are like good friends. In fact, they ARE friends.


  2. If I Google living life to the fullest, I'm betting I would see your picture! Or at least I ought to.

  3. You lead such an interesting life. It's rich with sights, sounds, experiences, all of which come with people! It seems like you are taking your career change in stride and pursuing things you love with as much gusto as ever.

  4. That photo seems inspired by Georgia's palatte. :)

  5. I agree absolutely with your thoughts on Georgia O'Keeffe. Her paintings are wonderful, being able to stand and look at the originals is one of the most memorable things I have done...
    Ms Soup

  6. You would certainly miss that mass transit if you moved...

    Ms. O'keeffe is one of my favourites as well.

    Happy Sunday!

  7. i love this photo - wonderful colours