Visions of Hawaii.
This summer in New York, the city’s Botanical Gardens are home to more than just the finest flora. Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai’i is exhibiting over 20 of the painters works that she created on her trip to the islands. Georgia O’Keeffe is an American modernist painter, who was one of the few of her generation to reach celebrity in the 20th century. She is famous for painting flowers, landscapes, and cityscapes. Her lesser known paintings of Hawai’i were born from a commissioned job from Hawaiian Pineapple Co., now Dole, to paint some of the islands most beautiful fruits and flowers for a promotional campaign. O’Keeffe agreed to the deal to create two pieces for the company, as long as she was able to paint as many pieces during her three month stay. As the exhibition takes place in the Botanical garden the viewer is confronted with more than just her stunning and colourful depictions of the paradise island, but also the smells and colours of real flowers. The New York Botanical Gardens, in collaboration with the Enid. A Haupt Conservatory, bring over 300 types of plants and flowers from Hawai’i to complement the exhibition, and highlight the growing concerns of the islands native species. This is the first time these paintings will be shown in New York since 1940, and it promises to be a stunning show. It is open from May 19th to October 28th.