Friday, January 29, 2010

"Diesel Above Clouds"

I Recently visited Chicago and with a spare moment decided to go check out the Art Institute. I had been before but never seen this piece by Georgia O'Keeffe - the museum's largest work. It's massive and like a lot of her work I dug it. It gave me that same feeling as traveling in a jetliner high above the clouds - kinda trippy. Here's what the net had to say about the piece - "Sky Above Clouds IV". Turns out that's exactly how she wanted me to feel.

O’Keeffe worked almost until the very end of her long life. In her 70s, she took her first trip by airplane. From 30,000 feet, she was inspired by the extraordinary view of the clouds below her and later produced Sky Above Clouds IV, the largest painting of her career. To make the work, she stretched the huge canvas across the outside of her garage, painting from dawn until the last light of the sun dimmed at night. To reach the top of the canvas, she climbed a ladder and for each of the lower levels, she stood or sat on a special platform: a table, a box, a small Mexican chair, and finally, the floor.

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