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Sky above clouds - Georgia O'Keeffe

Identify and discuss how the formal elements relate to and support the content of Georgia O'Keeffe work in "Sky Above Clouds"

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This assignment is one where your professor wants you to evaluate a particular work of art using the Elements of Art. Those are line, color, texture, value, shape and form, scale and perspective.

The work specified is by Georgia O'Keefe. A biography of her, and an image of the work in question (one in a series of similar studies) can be found here: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/geok/hd_geok.htm
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Born in 1887 near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, O'Keeffe received art training at the Art Institute of Chicago school (1905), the Art Students League of New York (1907-8), the University of Virginia (1912), and Columbia University's Teachers College, New York (1914-16). She became an art teacher and taught in various elementary schools, high schools, and colleges in Virginia, Texas, and South Carolina from 1911 to 1918. During one such position, she produced a remarkable series of charcoal drawings that led her art—and her career—in a new direction. These daring works of 1915-16 (50.236.2) orchestrated line, shape, and tone into abstract compositions. It was through these drawings that O'Keeffe came to the attention of the prominent photographer-turned-New York gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz in January 1916. After supposedly exclaiming, "At last, a woman on paper!" he exhibited her drawings at the 291 gallery, where the works of many avant-garde European and American artists and photographers were introduced to the American public.

With his encouragement and promise of financial support, O'Keeffe abandoned teaching and arrived in New York in June 1918, to begin a career as an artist. From then until his death in 1946, Stieglitz vigorously promoted her work in twenty-two solo exhibitions and numerous group installations. The two lived together almost immediately, and were married in 1924. The ups and downs of their personal and professional relationship were recorded in Stieglitz's celebrated photographs of O'Keeffe (1997.61.12), taken over the course of twenty years (1917-37). As a new member of the Stieglitz circle, she associated with some of America's most distinguished early modernists—painters such as Arthur Dove, John Marin, Marsden Hartley, and Charles Demuth, and photographers such as Paul Strand and Edward Steichen, as well as influential art critics and writers. Their discussions about art, and the example of their work, both validated ...

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Analysis of the elements of art which are used in Georgia O'Keefe's painting Sky Above Clouds. Web-based resources to aid the student's response are provided, as is original expert commentary, and some Web site content with information about the artist.

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