o’k

Back from my lunch-yoga class feeling refreshed and ”recharged” (yogi teacher’s words but it’s a concerted effort), ready to start the weekend.

And, since a good beginning makes a better ending, how about joining me in high spirits and reminisce the news I woke up to this morning – when I read that Georgia O’Keeffe’s iconic flower painting Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 exceeded every expectation and set a new auction record for a female artist.

I’ll be the last to qualify art by its market value but, alas, it’s a material world we live in and if this record places Ms O’Keeffe officially in the upper echelon of 20th century artists – which is exactly where she belongs – that’s O’K by me!

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Georgia O’Keeffe, 1887 – 1986. Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 (1932), oil on canvas 48” x 40”

SOLD:  44,405,000 USD

Other works by Georgia O’Keeffe sold in yesterday’s auction, all exceeding their estimates:

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Georgia O’Keeffe, 1887 – 1986. Untitled (Skunk Cabbage) (ca. 1927) oil on board, 12” x 16”

Estimate: 500,000750,000 USD
SOLD: 941,000 USD

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Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 – 1986). On the Old Santa Fe Road (1930-31) oil on canvas, 16” x 30”

Estimate: 2,000,0003,000,000 USD

SOLD: 5,093,000 USD (the second highest price of the day)

All paintings were sold by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, to benefit its acquisitions fund. Robert A. Kret, Director of Georgia O’Keeffe Museum: “We are excited about the record-breaking results of the Georgia O’Keeffe artworks. It is wonderful to see Georgia O’Keeffe’s iconic artworks receive the recognition and valuation they deserve. This sale will provide funding to strengthen and refine our collection, allowing us to represent the full breadth of Georgia O’Keeffe’s artistic accomplishments.”

 

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10 thoughts on “o’k

  1. stands and applauds..and the women’s England football team had their first sell-out at Wembley..and women are going to be allowed to be Bishops in the Church of England..and then I think..why has it taken so long?? xxxxx

    • I had no idea about the football team (not a fan) but had read the news about the church. Very progressive; this will never happen in Greek church, not in my lifetime anyway. But at least now there is some hope! xxx

  2. Wow! 😀 I’m a fan of Georgia O’Keefe’s work, especially the skull series. It’s too bad that recognition always comes after death 😛 Where will all this money go?

    • I also like the skulls very much. Was very happy to see one (along with some flowers) in the Met. For what is worth it O’K was widely recognized while still living so the fact that her work is setting the record is only natural. But while it’s encouraging that work of a female artist reaches such heights, let’s not forget that the record of her male counterpart is 100 mio plus! (Bacon).

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