Georgia O'Keeffe and her houses Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu

Barbara Buhler Lynes, 1942-

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Published
New York : Abrams in association with the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum [2012]
Language
English
Physical Description
256 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9781419703942
1419703943
Main Author
Barbara Buhler Lynes, 1942- (author)
Other Authors
Judy Lopez (author)
  • Georgia O'Keeffe and her houses at Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu
  • Adobe by Beverley Spears
  • The Ghost Ranch House
  • The Abiquiu House.
Review by Booklist Reviews

In flight from her hectic New York life with her avidly sociable husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz, and in pursuit of "quiet and isolation," O'Keeffe found the perfect refuge in New Mexico. Her passion for the land and sky and her profound attachment to her homes at Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu shape and vitalize all of her best-known paintings, yet the full story of how she acquired and lived and worked in these sanctuaries has never been told before. Lynes (Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Collections, 2007), curator of the Georgia O'Keefe Museum in Santa Fe, and Lopez, director of Abiquiu Historic Properties, thoroughly and thoughtfully chronicle the ways the artist turned her cherished homes and studios into veritable works of art. With information on adobe construction and the Pueblo Revival style, striking black-and-white photographs of the artist in her homes by such famous photographers as Ansel Adams, O'Keeffe's paintings of Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu, and new color photographs that capture the enduring beauty and serenity of O'Keeffe's gracefully pristine sanctuaries, this is a gorgeous and enriching addition to the O'Keeffe collection. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Painter Georgia O'Keeffe's (1887–1986) dominant themes—vast, open spaces and washes of color, skulls, flowers, mountains, sky, "all the earth colors of the painter's palette"—were inspired by the landscape surrounding her two custom-designed houses in New Mexico (Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu), traditional buildings that were carefully tweaked to bring desert light into spaces for eating, reading, cooking, and painting. O'Keeffe scholar-curators Lynes (Georgia O'Keeffe Museum) and Lopez collect correspondence, architectural plans, photographs, present-day images, portraits of the artist, and reproductions of paintings to illustrate how O'Keeffe's living spaces influenced her creative life. A mention of O'Keeffe's love of sunbathing is accompanied by a photograph of her climbing a ladder to the roof, which brings a stirring emotional dimension to Ladder to the Moon, a surreal turquoise canvas that features a wooden ladder suspended in space between the black silhouette of desert mountains and a pearlescent half-moon. This beautifully designed and fascinating book shows how O'Keeffe's houses combined native adobe architecture, a modernist aesthetic, and her love of the natural world, revealing how the properties "fulfilled two different aspects of O'Keeffe's independent nature"—her competing desires for both rugged solitude and domestic comfort in "our most beautiful country." Color and b&w illus. (Sept.) [Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Lynes (curator, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe) and Lopes, who worked for O'Keeffe from 1974 until the artist's death, explore the history of O'Keeffe's famous houses in Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu, New Mexico and the relationship they played in the artist's personal and professional life. Full of quotes from O'Keeffe, and beautiful photographs of her in and around these homes as well as paintings inspired by them, this is both an intimate portrayal of O'Keeffe's life in the Southwest as well as a celebration of these houses and the surrounding landscapes. Includes an essay by Beverly Spears describing the characteristics of adobe construction and an appendix detailing the materials used and the individuals involved with the restoration of the Abiquiu home. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Georgia O'Keeffe's two houses in New Mexico'at Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch'are essential elements in her paintings, but their history has never before been detailed. Quoting liberally from the artist's letters, Barbara Buhler Lynes and Agapita Judy Lopez create a vibrant picture of O'Keeffe (1887'1986) and her homes, which have long intrigued the public. An essay by architect Beverly Spears describes the distinctive characteristics of adobe construction.The bountiful illustrations include photographs made especially for this book showing the houses as they are today, photographs of O'Keeffe at home by major photographers, and her paintings of the houses and the landscapes surrounding them.Praise for Georgia O'Keeffe and her Houses:"Beautifully designed and fascinating.' 'Publishers Weekly

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Georgia O’Keeffe’s two houses in New Mexico—at Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch—are essential elements in her paintings, but their history has never before been detailed. Quoting liberally from the artist’s letters, Barbara Buhler Lynes and Agapita Judy Lopez create a vibrant picture of O’Keeffe (1887–1986) and her homes, which have long intrigued the public. An essay by architect Beverly Spears describes the distinctive characteristics of adobe construction.The bountiful illustrations include photographs made especially for this book showing the houses as they are today, photographs of O’Keeffe at home by major photographers, and her paintings of the houses and the landscapes surrounding them.Praise for Georgia O'Keeffe and her Houses:“Beautifully designed and fascinating.” —Publishers Weekly