Georgia O’Keeffe

10 Intense Photos of Georgia O’Keeffe for Her Birthday

Last year, we celebrated Georgia O’Keeffe’s 124th Birthday with by highlighting the work of “misunderstood artists” and discussed the sensual overtones of her flower pieces, sensual overtones she has always vehemently denied. Today, on what would have been her 125th birthday, we are rounding up a few of the most iconic photographs of the artist, many of them taken by her husband Alfred Stieglitz in the 1910s. O’Keeffe’s biographer Benita Eisler described their relationship as “a system of deals and trade-offs, tacitly agreed to and carried out, for the most part, without the exchange of a word.” It was also particularly prolific, with Stieglitz shooting over 350 portraits of the artist. She was a captivating, expressive muse. As time progressed, O’Keeffe’s strong, powerful features do not fade — they become accented and framed with sings of age, with the artist looking serious even in a rather silly polaroid by Andy Warhol in the 1970s. Flip through the photo album in our slideshow for poise, intensity and the occasional animal skull prop. … Read More

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Personal Letters From Great Artists to Their Friends and Family

Here at Flavorpill, we’re great fans of artistic ephemera, endlessly fascinated by everything from the journals of creative geniuses to postcards from famous authors. After all, once you’re famous, there’s just no way to keep your private papers out of the hands of the curious masses — not that we’re complaining: sometimes, the best way to learn about someone is to see the way they correspond to those closest to them. To that end, we’ve collected a few beautiful letters from great artists to their friends and family, each one as visually evocative as you’d expect. Take a look after the jump, and if we’ve missed a stellar letter, send it our way in the comments! … Read More

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Famous Artworks Inspired by Their Creators’ Nervous Breakdowns

Van Gogh cut his ear off. Gauguin had a mid-life crisis and shacked up with frighteningly young Tahitian girls. Munch suffered from hallucinations. It’s a cliché that all great artists are crazy. However, the “tortured artist” stereotype certainly has a basis in fact — many famous artists’ most emotionally resonant works were created during times of emotional turmoil, the result of an all-consuming mental ailment. Not merely aesthetic masterpieces, these pieces offer great insight into an artist’s inner torment. Inspired by the fantastic Yayoi Kusama retrospective that’s currently up at the Whitney Museum, after the jump we look at some of history’s greatest mentally unstable artists and the work that beautifully captures their crises. … Read More

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Famous Artworks Transformed into Sandwiches

Artists Brittany Powell and Tae Kitakata were studio mates in art school and wanted to keep in touch — creatively speaking — after graduation. They started Low-Commitment Projects as a way to ” … share concepts and schemes without a huge outlay of time, energy, or money.” They alternate posting these quick “sketches” on their blog every Monday. We fell in love with Powell’s sandwich creations, in which she transformed famous works of art by Jackson Pollock, Damien Hirst, and many more — turning the iconic images into tasty sandwiches. It’s a simple, but brilliant concept that captures the spirit of each artist’s expression. Get hungry past the break, and take a closer look. … Read More

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20 Amazing Artist-Inspired Tattoos

[Editor’s note: While your Flavorwire editors take a much-needed holiday break, we’re revisiting some of our most popular features of the year. This post was originally published February 16, 2011.] If we’re being honest, most of us will never own a work of art by a famous artist. And while back in college, it might have been okay to pay homage to one of the greats with a poster print from the museum, these days when it comes to the artwork that hangs on our walls, we tend to opt for original pieces by emerging (read: more affordable) talents. A few enterprising souls have found a way to sidestep the issue completely by displaying famous works of art directly on their bodies. Click through for some of our favorite examples, and if you happen to have an art-inspired tattoo, be sure to tell us about it in the comments. … Read More

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Exploring the Work of 10 Mostly Misunderstood Artists

Today would have been Georgia O’Keeffe’s 124th birthday. As one of the first women to break into the male dominated scene, her contributions to 20th century art history are unquestionable. She mesmerized with her gorgeously surreal New Mexico landscapes and stark New York cityscapes, but, somehow, her name has become synonymous with vaginal flowers. This they were not. How unfortunate. To celebrate the misunderstood artist and her woes, we’ve rounded up a few incidents of misinterpretation from the lives of famed big shots, elder greats, and new, spunky contemporaries. Find out what Georgia O’Keeffe’s flowers truly mean, why Francis Bacon really thrust a syringe into his subject’s arm, and why people who don’t get James Franco are “morons.” … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds In Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we listened to “Wild Man,” a song off of Kate Bush’s first studio album in six years. We learned the back stories behind some of the worst album covers in music history. We laughed out loud while reading the Guardian’s roundup of Woody Allen’s best jokes. We… Read More

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Irving Penn’s Fantastic Corner Portraits of Cultural Icons

One of the most prolific photographers working in the 20th century (and certainly one of the most famous fashion magazine photographers of his era), Irving Penn shot a series of minimalist studio portraits back in the 1940s and ’50s that were celebrated for capturing the personality behind the celebrity. “Sometime in 1948 I began photographing portraits in a small corner space made of two studio flats pushed together, the floor covered with a piece of old carpeting… this confinement, surprisingly seemed to comfort people, soothing them,” he once explained. “The walls were a surface to lean on or push against. For me the picture possibilities were interesting; limiting the subjects movements seemed to relieve me of part of the problem of holding onto them.” Click through to see how everyone from Salvador Dali to Gypsy Rose Lee reacted to being photographed in a corner. … Read More

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Everything You Need to Know About Art History in Six Panels

There are certain famous artists who most of us could easily describe in shorthand, and in many cases it would have nothing at all to do with their well-known work. Bushy unibrow? Frida Kahlo. Missing an ear? Vincent Van Gogh. Raging Napoleon complex? Pablo Picasso. Running with this idea, the talented Grant Snider of Incidental Comics has put everything that you really need to know about art history in one comic, and as an added bonus, he even made it rhyme. Adorable! … Read More

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Intimate Vintage Snapshots of Famous Artists

A seldom seen college-aged Andy Warhol broods in a turtleneck and black rimmed glasses next to gals in bikinis. Picasso holds a bushy pup by a smiling child, the photo hand-inscribed “his daughter with whom he’s very much in love.” These snapshots of renowned artists taken in the early ’20s through the mid ’70s were found tucked into diaries and documents at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. The treasure of these images is not just in the intimate details — like Georgia O’Keeffe’s bathrobe and Jasper Jone’s contemplating slump — but also, in the vintage medium itself — the decaled edges, the whisk of sephia, the fuzzy sheen of a Polaroid flash — so dear in today’s age of instant digital photography. Peek into the private, unguarded moments of arty public people in our slideshow and catch “Little Pictures Big Lives” exhibit through October 3 at the Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery at the Smithsonian. … Read More

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