Georgia O’Keeffe: A Woman on Paper

February 26, 2021

Women’s History Month is March. Georgia O’Keeffe: A Woman on Paper airs Monday, March 1 at 10:30 p.m.

Artist Georgia O’Keeffe has been called the “Mother of American Modernism,” well-known for her flowing, colorful works depicting flowers and plants, dramatic cityscapes and Southwestern landscapes. This film highlights the artist’s career while focusing on the little-known story of O’Keeffe’s time spent in Columbia, S.C. as an art instructor at Columbia College. While teaching at the college in the fall of 1915 and the spring of 1916, O’Keeffe found her voice with a series of innovative black and white abstract charcoal drawings that represented a radical break with tradition and led her art in a new direction. Collectively titled “Specials,” the charcoal drawings made O’Keeffe one of the very first American artists to practice pure abstraction, and they would go on to define and establish her career as one of the country’s leading artists.

Georgia O’Keeffe, Drawing No. 2 – Special, charcoal on Fabriano laid paper, 1915, National Gallery of Art.

Georgia O’Keeffe, circa 1915.

Georgia O’Keeffe. Photo by Todd Webb, Evans Gallery.