Happy birthday to Georgia O’Keeffe, whose veiled paintings of female genitalia have dominated her artistic legacy. “O’Keeffe has been very much reduced to one particular body of work, which tends to be read in one particular way,” said Tate Modern’s Achim Borchardt-Hume in regards to an upcoming retrospective of O’Keeffe’s work.
“Many of the white male artists across the 20th century have the privilege of being read on multiple levels, while others — be they women or artists from other parts of the world — tend to be reduced to one conservative reading. It’s high time that galleries and museums challenge this.” O’Keeffe also objected to these vaginal interpretations of her paintings.
For a moment, we’re taking men out of the conversation with a visual appreciation for women who make art about other women. “I feel there is something unexplored about woman that only a woman can explore,” O’Keeffe once wrote to arts patron Mabel Dodge Luhan. Here are ten artist who do so most faithfully.