My Faraway One: Selected Letters of Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz, 1915-1933

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Sarah Greenough
Yale University Press, Jun 21, 2011 - Art - 832 pages

The first extensive publication from the extraordinary archive of private correspondence between two of this country's most famous artists

There are few couples in the history of 20th-century American art and culture more prominent than Georgia O'Keeffe (1887–1986) and Alfred Stieglitz (1864–1946). Between 1915, when they first began to write to each other, and 1946, when Stieglitz died, O'Keeffe and Stieglitz exchanged over 5,000 letters (more than 25,000 pages) that describe their daily lives in profoundly rich detail. This long-awaited volume features some 650 letters, carefully selected and annotated by leading photography scholar Sarah Greenough.

In O'Keeffe's sparse and vibrant style and Stieglitz's fervent and lyrical manner, the letters describe how they met and fell in love in the 1910s; how they carved out a life together in the 1920s; how their relationship nearly collapsed during the early years of the Depression; and how it was reconstructed in the late 1930s and early 1940s. At the same time, the correspondence reveals the creative evolution of their art and ideas; their friendships with many of the most influential figures in early American modernism (Charles Demuth, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, and Paul Strand, to name a few); and their relationships and conversations with an exceptionally wide range of key figures in American and European art and culture (including Duncan Phillips, Diego Rivera, D. H. Lawrence, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Marcel Duchamp). Furthermore, their often poignant prose reveals insights into the impact of larger cultural forces—World Wars I and II; the booming economy of the 1920s; and the Depression of the 1930s—on two articulate, creative individuals.


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An epistolary colossus, the first of two volumes of letters selected by Greenough (senior curator, photographs, National Gallery of Art; Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set), this doorstop of a book is the ... Read full review

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The book My Faraway One - Selected Letters of Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz VOLUME 1, 1915–1933, gives an intimate portrait of the life of two of the greatest American artist of the last century. The painter Georgia O'Keeffe, one of the most legendary and iconic American artist, and the photographer Alfred Stieglitz enjoyed a very unique bond and relationship based on a deep love and understanding of each other as a person as well as an artist. The letters help appreciating the deepness of the feelings expressed in their art and enhances an understanding of its complexity.
I very much enjoyed the book and can now appreciate their artwork much better.


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Concordance of Artworks by Stieglitz and OKeeffe

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Sarah Greenough is senior curator and head of the department of photographs at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. She is the author of Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set and many other critically acclaimed books on modern photography.

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