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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Lines on the Horizon

[Circa 1850. Wool; tapestry weave. The Weisel Family Art Foundation. Image via the de Young.]

Wool was the last thing I wanted to see. For me, spring can't come soon enough, and itching as I am to ditch the heavy sweaters, warm fibers weren't what I was seeking. But the pattern and palette of this 19th-century Navajo serape from the Southwestern U.S. reminded me of a Georgia O'Keeffe-inspired spread in the latest issue of Vogue.

[Vogue photos by Mikael Jansson.]

And I mean everything from the braids to the clothes to the location.

The serape will go on view along with other Native American textiles and works of art in May as part of the de Young's exhibition, Lines on the Horizon, a show that will explore roughly 1,000 years of creative output. Coincidentally, an O'Keeffe exhibition is also opening at the Museum this month. Although, this show deals with her time spent at Alfred Stieglitz’s sprawling family place in rural New York, not the American Southwest. Modern Nature: Georgia O'Keeffe and Lake George looks at 55 works done between 1918 and the early 1930s, when the artist retreated to the region for part of the year.

On February 15, the de Young's Textile Arts Council presents a morning lecture about her now iconic fashion sense: Reflecting Art: Signature Style of Georgia O'Keeffe.

1 comment:

Lisa Hjalt said...

The red shades of that serape are beautiful. I'm off to see more of that Georgia O'Keeffe-inspired editorial.