Every artist has a vision. For Georgia O'Keeffe, that vision was a place where beauty and experience merged. She would edit reality to find the universal truths hidden in, say, a flower's petals. She looked to nature for insight into humanity.
A major retrospective of her work opens at the Dallas Museum of Art November 7th. It's called "The Poetry of Things" and it focuses especially on how her work has been influencing artists for decades.
Another artist with vision is Norman Rockwell...and the largest collection ever of his work opens at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta on November 5th. Now, Rockwell also sought out a better kind of reality. His work, especially his cover art for the Saturday Evening Post, searched for a certain moral exactitude...recalling a make-believe time when life was innocent and just about everybody got along. The idea's sweet, yeah, maybe even a little saccharine, but there's no denying its power.
Both exhibits close January 30th when each of these visionary, yet so very different, exhibitions go on national tours.
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