By Kristin Limoges

Published on March 31, 2017

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Photography by Ansel Adams (American, 1902–1984). Georgia O’Keeffe at Yosemite, 1938. Gelatin silver print, 5¾ x 3⅜ in. (14.5 x 8.7 cm). Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, N.M.; Gift of The Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation, 2006.06.0856. © 2016 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

For seven decades, Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986) was a major figure in American art, while staying true to her own vision of essential, abstract forms in nature. The Brooklyn Museum has put together an extraordinary exhibition on the exploration of her identity—both in the studio and beyond—examining how she used clothing to shape her public persona. On display until July 23, this exhibit is not to be missed. After your inspirational visit, chances are you’ll look for ways to continue the O’Keeffe experience. Here’s your guide to bringing Georgia into your closet, home, and daily life. 

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Photography by Georgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887-1986). Manhattan, 1932. Oil on canvas, 84⅜ x 48¼ in. (214.3 x 122.6 cm). Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; Gift of The Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation, 1995.3.1. (Photo: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C./Art Resource, NY)

When thinking of the artist, gorgeous sun-soaked New Mexican deserts or magnified petals and flowers probably come to mind. But O’Keefe raised to fame first for her urban paintings of New York City skyscrapers. 

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Photography by Adidas; Gucci; Illustration by PHUONG NGUYEN

Snag this concept with the perfect combo of stripes and florals in leggings or shoes.

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Photography by Georgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887–1986). Brooklyn Bridge, 1949. Oil on Masonite, 48 x 35⅞ in. (121.8 x 91.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum; Bequest of Mary Childs Draper, 77.11. (Photo: Brooklyn Museum)

Just before moving to New Mexico permanently, O’Keeffe painted a love letter farewell to New York in this iconic Brooklyn Bridge painting from 1949. 

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Photography by Studio WM; Illustration by PHUONG NGUYEN

Steal inspiration from the metal cable design with these thin wire chairs by Studio WM.

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Photography by Georgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887–1986). Ram’s Head, White Hollyhock—Hills (Ram’s Head and White Hollyhock, New Mexico), 1935. Oil on canvas, 30 x 36 in. (76.2 x 91.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum; Bequest of Edith and Milton Lowenthal, 1992.11.28. (Photo: Brooklyn Museum)

O’Keeffe’s New Mexico paintings reflected her deep interest in the stark desert landscapes, open skies, and of course, sun bleached animal bones. 

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Photography by Barbara Cosgrove; Moe’s; Illustration by PHUONG NGUYEN

Snag the skull concept for your walls at home—either in bone or Georgia’s favorite metal, silver.

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Photography by Georgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887–1986). Patio with Cloud, 1956. Oil on canvas, 36 x 30 in. (91.4 x 76.2 cm). Milwaukee Art Museum; Gift of Mrs. Edward R. Wehr, M1957.10. © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. (Photo: P. Richard Eells)

This 1956 portrait features her Abiquiu patio—a focus of many different types of paintings during her life. (She painted the same door at different times of day during different seasons.) 

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Photography by The Granite; Illustration by PHUONG NGUYEN

You can add the gorgeous dusty pink Abiquiu color to your home with The Granite vase.

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Photography by Georgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887‒1986). Black Pansy & Forget-Me-Nots (Pansy), 1926. Oil on canvas, 27⅛ x 12¼ in. (68.9 x 31.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum; Gift of Mrs. Alfred S. Rossin, 28.521. © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. (Photo: Christine Gant, Brooklyn Museum)

O’Keeffe had her very first museum exhibition in 1927 at the Brooklyn Museum, and Black Pansy and Forget-Me-Nots was on display for that special occasion. It has been with the Brooklyn Museum ever since. 

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Photography by Slowdown Studio; Monogram Studio; Anthropologie; Illustration by PHUONG NGUYEN

Speaking of full circle, you can get your hands on an oversized floral print in the form of this blanket, a t-shirt to wear around town, or wallpaper for your bedroom.

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Photography by Georgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887–1986). Blue #2, 1916. Watercolor on paper, 15⅞ x 11 in. (40.3 x 27.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum; Bequest of Mary T. Cockcroft, by exchange, 58.74. (Photo: Sarah DeSantis, Brooklyn Museum)

This early-in-her-career watercolor showcases an exploration of simple, enlarged motifs that speak volumes. 

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Photography by Times Two Design; Illustration by PHUONG NGUYEN

You can find this color scheme with a watercolor touch in these mesmerizing agate coasters.

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Photography by Ansel Adams (American, 1902–1984). Georgia O’Keeffe and Orville Cox, 1937. Gelatin silver print, 7¾ x 11 in. (19.7 x 27.9 cm). Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, N.M.; Gift of The Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation, 2006.06.1480. © 2016 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

The exhibition expands our understanding of O’Keeffe by focusing on her wardrobe, shown for the first time alongside key paintings and photographs. She was very purposeful with her clothing choices when photographed, wanting to convey strength and individuality to solidify her persona as an independent woman and artist. 

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Photography by Topshop Unique; Rosetta Getty; Clyde; Illustration by PHUONG NGUYEN

strong black suit and a sheer white blouse were staples, as well as a brimmed gaucho hat. The perfect replication being this Clyde wide-brimmed option.

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Photography by Bruce Weber (American, born 1946). Georgia O’Keeffe, Abiquiu, N.M., 1984. Gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm). Bruce Weber and Nan Bush Collection, New York. © Bruce Weber

While living in New York earlier in her life, O’Keeffe collected kimonos to wear around the house. Later in life, she adopted the look as her signature everyday outfit. 

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Photography by Kimono Yukata Market Sakura; Brooklyn Museum; Global Views; Illustration by PHUONG NGUYEN

You can find authentic kimonos here. Simple and artistic silver jewelry were also important to her. This letter opener perfectly captures the essence of the swirling pin she so often wore.

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Photography by Todd Webb (American, 1905–2000). Georgia O’Keeffe on Ghost Ranch Portal, New Mexico, circa 1960s. Gelatin silver print, 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm). Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, N.M.; Gift of The Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation, 2006.06.1046. © Estate of Todd Webb, Portland, ME

This portrait, from the ‘60s, was taken at Georgia’s Ghost Ranch estate, of which she once said, “to me it is the best place in the world.” 

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Photography by Moe’s; Renwil; ANNA new york by RabLabs; Illustration by PHUONG NGUYEN

Channel that driftwood desert vibe, and snag a coffee tableend tablelamp or tray.