Georgia O'Keeffe: A Woman On Paper
About This Episode
Artist Georgia O'Keeffe has been called the "Mother of American Modernism," well-known for her flowing, colorful works depicting flowers and plants, dramatic cityscapes and Southwestern landscapes. Georgia O'Keeffe: A Woman On Paper highlights the artist's career while focusing on the little-known story of O'Keeffe's time spent in Columbia, South Carolina as an art instructor at Columbia College.
While teaching at the college in the fall of 1915 and the spring of 1916, O'Keeffe found her voice with a series of innovative black and white abstract charcoal drawings that represented a radical break with tradition and led her art-and her career-in a new direction. Collectively titled "Specials," the charcoal drawings made O'Keeffe one of the very first American artists to practice pure abstraction, and they would go on to define and establish her career as one of the country's leading artists.