The Artists’ Eye: Georgia O’Keeffe and the Alfred Stieglitz Collection
In 1949, Georgia O’Keeffe donated 101 works of art, ranging from African masks to Modernist paintings, to Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. Most of the objects had been collected by O’Keeffe’s late husband, Alfred Stieglitz, a photographer, gallery owner, and tireless champion of American Modernists, including O’Keeffe, Charles Demuth, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, and John Marin, among many others. The Artist’s Eye: Georgia O’Keeffe and the Alfred Stieglitz Collection celebrates a partnership between Fisk University and Crystal Bridges that allows this important collection to be shared between Nashville and Bentonville. Alfred Stieglitz was not a collector in a traditional sense, but instead supported those artists he felt were most important in developing a uniquely American version of Modernism. Stieglitz was an artist in his own right, a pioneer of Modernist photography. O’Keeffe’s gift to Fisk includes photographs by Stieglitz as well as some of her own paintings. The Artist’s Eye dually celebrates the “eye” of Stieglitz and O’Keeffe as patrons and collectors, but also as artists who interpreted America through camera and brush. The Artist’s Eye is sponsored at Crystal Bridges by Greenwood Gearhart Inc. and NWA Media / Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.