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!
SOLD: 44,405,000 USD
Other works by Georgia O’Keeffe sold in yesterday’s auction, all exceeding their estimates:
SOLD: 941,000 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.”